Species: Stemonitis smithii T. Macbr.Go Back
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Description:
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SPORANGIA: in clusters, 2 - 5 mm high, close packed and erect, not spreading, bright ferruginous prior to spore dispersal, cylindric, stipitate, of varying height rounded at the base and apex.

STALK: jet black, shining, about one-third the total height.

HYPOTHALLUS: generally well developed.

COLUMELLA: black, gradually tapering, at length dissolving in capillitial threads and net some distance below the diminished plumose apex.

CAPILLITIUM: of fuscous threads, the inner network of sparingly united branches uniformly thickened, the surface net composed of small, regular, polygonal meshes.

 
SPORES: bright ferruginous. smooth, 5-7 µm diam.

Plasmodium: White
HABITAT: On dead wood.

DISTRIBUTION: Cosmopolitan, known from Auckland.
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Macro images:
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Stemonitis smithiiScale bar
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For some odd reason the stalks are a lot longer then describedScale = 1.25 mm.
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Stemonitis smithiiScale bar 
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 Scale = 2 mm.
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