Once again the little patch of dry sandy naturestrip by the library in Preuilly sur Claise is revealing another interesting species. In November it is time for the earthtongue fungi to pop their heads up.
They are very like the dead man's fingers Xylaria longipipes that I've found in the forest, but the earthtongues Geoglossum cookeianum don't grow on fallen wood like the dead man's fingers do. Also the earthtongues are a flattened into a spoon shape rather than rounded into the club shape of the dead man's fingers.
This is a localised species, not uncommon, but often overlooked. South-west and central France seems to be the heartland of its distribution.