Species: Leocarpus fragilis (Dickson) Rostafinski Go Back
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Description:
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SPORANGIA: clustered, obovoid, rarely globose, 2 to 4 mm. long, sta lked or occasionally sessile, smooth, yellowish brown, chestnut or purplish brown, shining, sometimes dehiscing in revolute lobes; outer layer of the sporangial wall cartilaginous, brittle, orange-brown, usually with dense deposits of lime-granules on the inner side; inner layer a firm, hyaline membrane, giving attachment to the capillitium.

STALK: short, or as long as the sporangium, weak, yellowish, translucent, rising from a membranous hypothallus.

CAPILLITIUM: a network of rigid, hyaline threads with flattened expansions at the axils, connected with angular, branching, and anastomosing, yellowish or brownish lime nodes.

 
SPORES: more or less spinulose, very variable in size but usually 10-14 µm diam., sometimes slightly clustered, dark purplish brown or paler, with a pale area of dehiscence.

PLASMODIUM: lemon, then orange-yellow.
HABITAT: on dead leaves, twigs, etc. and ground wood.

DISTRIBUTION:
Cosmopolitan, known from Auckland, Waikato, Buller, Central Otago, Taupo, Nelson and Fiordland.
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Macro images:
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Leocarpus fragilis Scale bar
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  Scale = 1.5 mm.
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Leocarpus fragilis Scale bar
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  Scale = 1.5 mm.
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Leocarpus fragilis Scale bar 
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 Scale = 1.5 mm.
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Leocarpus fragilis Scale bar 
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Developing fruiting bodysScale =0.6 mm.
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Leocarpus fragilis Scale bar 
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Plasmodium: Bright yellow. 
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