Flea’s Ear (Chlorencoelia versiformis)
Although C. versiformis is regarded as a rare saprotroph fungus with a restricted range on decaying wood of broadleaved species, this is the fourth colony I’ve observed locally in West Sussex during the past year. It is apparently critically endangered in Britain having declined by more than 50% pre and post 1960. I can’t help feeling it may be more common than thought just overlooked in the areas it occurs. The above images, showing various growth stages (top to bottom showing age development), were all taken in West Sussex on 24 October 2018.