Species: Physarum lateritium (Berk. & Ravenel) MorganGo Back
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Description:
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SPOROCARPS: gregarious, rarely clustered, sessile, subglobose, 0.3 to 0.7 mm. diam., or forming short terete plasmodiocarps, rarely branched or netted, scarlet or orange-red.

STALK: absent.

PERIDIUM: outer crust of compacted scarlet or yellow lime-granules, lightly affixed, separating and breaking away in flakes from the inner, membranous wall.

CAPILLITIUM: a network of slender, colorless or pale yellow threads, with rounded lime nodes, orange or yellowish, usually with red centers.

 
SPORES: Pale brownish lilac, 7-9 µm in diameter; almost smooth.

PLASMODIUM:
Orange-yellow.
HABITAT: On dead wood and leaves.

DISTRIBUTION: Cosmopolitan, known from Auckland and Southland.
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Macro images:
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Physarum lateritiumScale bar
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 Scale = 0.6 mm.
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Physarum lateritiumScale bar 
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 Scale = 0.6 mm.
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Physarum lateritiumScale bar 
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 Scale = 0.9 mm.
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Physarum lateritiumScale bar 
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 Scale = 0.7 mm.
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Physarum lateritiumScale bar 
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 Scale = 0.6 mm.
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Micro images: 
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Physarum lateritium 
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Spores:Magnification = 1000x
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