Lycogala epidendrum (L.) Fr.

Lycogala epidendrum (L.) Fr., in the traditional concept, is a very variable species. As a consequence, Ing (1999) reintroduced the Friesian name Lycogala terrestre Fr. & Lindgr. for forms with pale greyish brown aethalia and pink plasmodium. This segregation seems not to have found general acceptance.

In the same publication Ing described L. confusum Nannenga-Bremekamp ex Ing for forms with peridial scales arranged in a tesselate pattern.

Older Danish records refer to the broad species concept. The distribution in Denmark of the three segregates therefore remains uncertain. However, indentification of a limited number of collections, seems to indicate, that Lycogala epidendrum ss. and L. terrestre are quite common and widespread, whereas L. confusum is rather uncommon.

For a more reliable information of the distribution of the three species, future finds of mature specimens should be checked microscopically. Identification based alone on the colour of immature aethalia, seems at present to be too uncertain.