Description: Thallus crustose, episubstratic, forming a soft, gelatinous (when wet), green to grey-green, 0.4-1 mm thick film made of minute granules consisting of clumps of algal cells incompletely surrounded by hyphae. Basidiocarps not lichenized, ephemeral (summer and autumn), mostly simple (rarely with a few apical branches), 7-15(- 20) mm tall, 0.5-1.5 mm thick, geotropically oriented, clavate to spoon-shaped, cream-coloured to straw-orange in upper parts, usually with a small, cap-like white spot at apex, the hymenium extending over c. the upper two thirds. Basidia clavate, bearing a basal clamp, with 2-4, to 7 μm long, slightly incurved sterigmata. Basidiospores 1-celled, hyaline, ellipsoid to elongate-ovoid, smooth, thin-walled, aguttulate, 5-10(-12) x 1.5-3.5 μm, with a small eccentric apiculus, I-. Photobiont chlorococcoid. Spot tests: all negative. Chemistry: thallus without lichen substances.
Note: on humic to sandy, acid soil in humid situations; perhaps overlooked by lichenologists, but certainly very rare in Italy.
Growth form: Fruticose
Substrata: soil, terricolous mosses, and plant debris