Species: Psathyrella sp.Go Back
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Description:
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A common saprobic fungus of medium size is found growing alone or occasionally in small groups almost exclusively on tree fern or nikau palm frond debris.

Pileus -80 mm, convex to plano-convex, light brown to honey-brown, darker at centre covered with veil fragments; hygrophanous, flesh thin smooth fragile, moist, with wavy margin hung with veil fragments when young. Lamellae concolorous with cap. Stipe -80 x 4-6 mm. cylindrical, attenuated towards apex; white fragile. Odour typical mushroom smell. Taste not distinctive. Chemical reactions Not tested

Basidia not measured, 4-spored.

ECOLOGY:
Common; singly occasionally in small groups; saprobic on tree fern or nikau palm fronds in Lowland forests. All year round after rain.

DISTRIBUTION: NZ (AK).
 
Common name: None
Found: Lowland Forest
Substrate: fern tree litter, Nikau palm fronds
Spore: Dark Brown
Height: 120 mm
Width: 60 mm
Season: After rain through out the year
Edible: Unknown but too small and sparse to be worth collocating
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Macro images:
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Psathyrella sp.Scale bar 
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 Scale = 7.5 mm.
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Psathyrella sp.Scale bar 
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 Scale = 7.5 mm.
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Psathyrella sp.Scale bar 
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 Scale = 11 mm.
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Psathyrella sp.Scale bar  
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 Scale = 13 mm.
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Micro images:
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Spores: Typical of the Psathyrella genus these are brown ellipsoid with a roughened surface.Magnification = 1000x
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Lamellae: Edge sterile, cheilocystidia abundant cylindrical to clavate.Magnification = 400x
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Cheilocystidia: abundant cylindrical to utriform; odd is the small noduals scatted over the top surface of the cheilocystidia I ave found no information as to what these could be.Magnification = 400x
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