Species: Stemonitis axifera (Bulliard) MacbrideGo Back
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Description:
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SPORANGIA:. Sporangia narrowly cylindrical, in dense and often large clusters 10 to 50 mm in diameter, stalked, usually curved, rusty brown,total height 7 to 20 mm. With .individual Sporangium are 0.2 to 0.3 in diameter.

STALK: black, 3 to 7 mm. high, rising from a membranous hypothallus.

COLUMELLA: ending below the summit of the sporangium.

CAPILLITIUM: with a smooth and usually close surface-net, connected with the columella by few stout branches, and composed of rather firm threads bounding rounded meshes, which are usually small although varying in size.

NOTES: Off all the Stemonitis this is the most common. As with many members of this genus the plasmodium is able to find its way through decaying wood this enables fruiting on relatively dry logs after merging from within the log were it is still most.

 
SPORES: Brown 5 to 7 µm in diameter and almost smooth (minutely punctuate).

PLASMODIUM:
white, rarely pale yellow.
HABITAT: On dead wood.

DISTRIBUTION: Cosmopolitan, known from Northland, Auckland, Coromandel, Taranaki, Taupo, Wanganui, Wellington, Westland, South Canterbury, Southland and Dunedin.
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Macro images:
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Stemonitis axiferaScale barStemonitis axifera showing the different stages of producing its fruiting body

Stemonitis axifereFirst stages of producing
a fruiting body

Stemonitis axifereNearly complete
prior to turning brown
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 Scale = mm.
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Stemonitis axiferaScale bar
Stemonitis axifereAn very old specimen that
has a mould growing on it
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 Scale = mm.
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Stemonitis axiferaScale bar
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 Scale = mm.
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Scale bar 
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Plasmodium: Only just starting to produce fruiting bodiesScale = mm.
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Micro images: 
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Stemonitis axifera 
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Capillitium: showing the net like structure typical of the genus. The mesh of the capillitium is less then 30 µm across which is also used to help with identification.Magnification = 400x
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Stemonitis axifera 
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Spores: showing the shape of the textured spores (minutely punctuate) that enable this species to be identified.Magnification = 1000x
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