Species: Stemonitopsis typhina (Bulliard) Rostafinski Go Back
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Description:
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SPORANGIA: in small clusters or scattered, short-stalked, broad, cylindrical, lilaceous brown. Total height 2.5 to 5 mm.

STALK: 0.15 to 2 mm. up to 50% the total height, continued into the slender columella.

PERIDIUM: persistent, lilac-grey with a silvery shine, dehiscing into large flakes and often disappearing completely except, sometimes, for a collar around the stalk apex.

CAPILLITIUM: dark brown, the internal net with 3-4 meshes on the radius, joined to the columella with expansions, tapered towards the periphery, the surface net usually fragmentary especially above, consists of thin, often flexuous threads with a very few spinules, most meshes 6 - 24 µm diam.
 
SPORES: Lilac-brown, 6 - 8 µm diam., cluster-warted

Plasmodium: Watery white.
HABITAT: On dead wood.

DISTRIBUTION: Cosmopolitan, known from Auckland, Wellington, Hawkes Bay, Southland, Fiordland and Dunedin.
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Macro images:
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Stemonitopsis typhinaScale bar
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 Scale = 0.6 mm.
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Comatricha typhoidesScale bar 
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 Scale = 0.7 mm.
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Comatricha typhoides Scale bar 
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  Scale = 0.6 mm.
Comatricha typhoides Scale bar 
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  Scale = 0.6 mm.
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Comatricha typhoidesScale bar 
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Immature fruiting bodiesScale = 1.25 mm.
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