Species: Willkommlangea reticulata (Alb & Schwein.)Go Back
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Description:
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SPOROCARPS: scattered, cylindrical, simple, branched or netted, 0.3 to 0.5 mm. diam., attached by a narrow base, or confluent and applanate, mottled yellow, orange, red, or brown, or entirely red; sporangial wall membranous, stouter and persistent below, yellow, with closely set deposits of lime, marked with the bases of the calcareous parts of the capillitium.

CAPILLITIUM:
a dense, elastic network of rigid, yellow threads with many pointed branchlets or spines, and surrounding numerous, large, angular, branching or irregular, white or yellow nodules composed of lime-granules, which are usually flattened, or often formed as flattened plates transversely placed; the capillitium delicately attached to the sporangial wall or its lime-deposits, so that it becomes detached eventually as an entire mass.

 
SPORES: Violet or violet-brown, minutely spinulose,
9 - 12 µm in diameter.

PLASMODIUM:
Deep orange-red.
HABITAT: On dead wood.

DISTRIBUTION: Cosmopolitan, known from Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Wellington and Dunedin.
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Macro images:
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Willkommlangea reticulataScale bar 
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 Scale = 0.5 mm.
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Willkommlangea reticulataScale bar 
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 Scale = 0.25 mm.
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Willkommlangea reticulataScale bar 
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An old friting body showing only the remains of the peridium and a litle of the capillitium.Scale = 0.25 mm.
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Willkommlangea reticulataScale bar 
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Plasmodium: bright orange/red.Scale = 4 mm.
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Micro images: 
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Willkommlangea reticulata 
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Spores:Magnification = 400x
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