Species: Reticularia lycoperdon Bull Go Back
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Description:
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DESCRIPTION: Aethalium pulvinate or subglobose, 5 mm. to 8 cm. diam., brownish copper-colored, or enclosed in a thin, smooth, silvery cortex, seated on a welldeveloped hypothallus

HYPOTHALLUS: of interwoven, membranous strands.

PSEUDOCAPILLITIUM: consisting of persistent portions of the sporangial walls, forming irregular branching strands arising from the hypothallus, dividing above into numerous, slender, flattened and flexuose rusty brown threads.

 
SPORES: Free or adhering loosely in large clusters, somewhat turbinate from the clustering, rusty brown, thickened and closely reticulate on the rounded or exposed surface, the remaining part marked with scattered warts, 6-10 µm in diameter.

PLASMODIUM:
Cream-white
HABITAT: On dead wood.

DISTRIBUTION: Cosmopolitan, known from Northland, Auckland,Wanganui and Dunedin.
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Macro images:
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Reticularia lycoperdonScale bar:
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 Scale = 3.6 mm.
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Reticularia lycoperdonScale bar 
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This and the following image as well as the main image were all taken 12 hours apart as it developed.Scale = 3.6 mm.
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Reticularia lycoperdonScale bar 
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 Scale = 3.6 mm.
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Reticularia lycoperdonScale bar 
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Immature fruiting body before it goes silverScale = 5 mm.
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Reticularia lycoperdonScale bar 
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An old fruiting body dispersing its spores.Scale = 4.6 mm.
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