Yellow spindles mushroom

Golden spindles

Golden Spindles (Clavulinopsis fusiformis) are often called Grassland Fairy Club fungi because they are brightly coloured and easy to spot, whilst those of a similar genus are the opposite and are completely different microscopically.  

They all have a preference for good clean grassland that has had no fertiliser or herbicide applied, in other words: totally unimproved grassland for a very long time. They will always disappear if the land is improved in any way. So the New Forest grasslands are an absolutely excellent habitat. 

Appearing in the autumn they are bright yellow and spindle-shaped (or tapering at both ends), and the spores develop over the entire structure. They are erect, unbranched, and wavy or twisted, with longitudinal grooves, and can be up to 12 cm high. The tips often turn a brown colour on maturity.    Because they are conjoined at the base, they grow in dense tufts and large clusters on soil in amongst the grass and moss.

Golden Spindles are widespread and common, but there are many similar species, especially in the New Forest with grassland which includes pasture woodland, as well as large open areas.   They can also be infected with a parasitic fungus which may alter the colour, so an exact identification may be difficult. 

  1. Fungi
  2. Pestle puffball
  3. Crimson waxcap
  4. Nail fungus
  5. Golden spindles (you are here)
  6. Shaggy inkcap
  7. Stinkhorn
  8. False deathcap
  9. Fly agaric
  10. Chicken of the woods
  11. Wood blewit
  12. Bearded tooth
  13. Southern bracket
  14. Honey fungus
  15. Panthercap
  16. Dyers mazegill
  17. Devil’s fingers
  18. Deathcap
  19. Brown birch bolete
  20. Ochre brittlegill


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