Species: Diachea leucopodia (Bull.) Rostaf. Go Back
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Description:
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SPORANGIA: gregarious, cylindrical, obtuse, 0.7 to 1.2 mm. high, 0.3 to 0.8 mm. broad, stalked, occasionally sessile, iridescent blue, purple, or brown; sporangial wall membranous, hyaline.

HYPOTHALLUS: densely charged v/ith round granules or crystalline nodules of lime.

STALK: white, rarely brownish, stout, tapering, brittle, 0.4 to 0.9 mm. high, rising from a well-developed

COLUMELLA: cylindrical or narrowed upwards, reaching half-way or nearly to the apex of the sporangium, white, charged with lime like the stalk.

CAPILLITIUM: consisting of profusely branched and anastomosing threads connecting the columella with the sporangial wall, dark violetbrown, colorless at the extremities.

 
SPORES: Dull violet, minutely spinulose, 7 - 9 µm in diameter.

PLASMODIUM:
Opaque white
HABITAT: On dead leaves, twigs, and other ground material.

DISTRIBUTION: Cosmopolitan, known from Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taupo, Wellington, Hawkes Bay, Southland and Dunedin.
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Macro images:
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Diachea leucopodiaScale bar 
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 Scale = 0.3 mm.
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Diachea leucopodiaScale bar 
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 Scale = 0.5 mm.
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Scale bar 
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 Scale = 0.5 mm.
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Physarum bivalveScale bar 
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 Scale = 0.8 mm.
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