Species: Craterium minutum (Leers) Fr. Go Back
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Description:
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SPORANGIA: total height 0.7 to 1.5 mm., goblet-shaped, funnel-shaped, or long-cylindrical, stalked, erect, gregarious, 0.4 to 1.2 mm. high, smooth, yellow, pale brown, or brown; lid convex and above the rim of the sporangium, or flat and below it, white or concolorous; sporangial wall of two layers, the outer cartilaginous, thickened at the rim below the lid, translucent below and continued into the translucent stalk, the inner layer more or less charged with lime-granules.

STALK: cylindrical, plicate, 0.3 to 0.5 mm. long, yellowish, pale brown, or dark brown, rising from a circular hypothallus.

CAPILLITIUM: of slender, colorless threads, connecting numerous, large, white lime nodes, often combined in the center to form a pseudocolumella.

 
SPORES: Violet-brown, minutely warted, 8-9 µm in diameter.

PLASMODIUM:
Yellow.
ECOLOGY: On dead leaves.

DISTRIBUTION: Cosmopolitan, known from Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Hawkes Bay, Nelson, Canterbury and Dunedin.
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Macro images:
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Craterium minutumScale bar 
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 Scale = 0.75 mm.
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Craterium minutumScale bar 
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 Scale = 0.75 mm.
Craterium minutumScale bar 
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Immature fruiting body's not yet developed into complete fruiting bodies and still shedding water.Scale = 3 mm.
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Craterium minutumScale bar 
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I not realy happy with this Id and this may well be a diffrent species of Craterium such as C.aureonucleatum.Scale = 0.75 mm.
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