Species: Trichia contorta (Ditmar) Rostaf.Go Back
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Description:
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SPORANGIA: crowded or scattered, subglobose, 0.5 to 0.8 mm. diam., sessile, often forming short, curved plasmodiocarps, rarely with a very short, black stalk, dull yellowish brown or dark reddish brown.

PERIDIUM: membranous or cartilaginous, yellowish or reddish brown, charged with brown granular matter, rarely with deposits of angular crystals of lime, when the sporangia are gray.

CAPILLITIUM: of simple or branched elaters, with four or five often indistinct or rugged spiral bands 3-5 m diam., the tips usually swollen and ending in a curved point, occasionally with scattered, long spines, yellow or yellowish brown.

 
SPORES: Yellow, minutely spinulose, 10-14 µm diam..

PLASMODIUM: Watery white.
HABITAT: On dead wood.

DISTRIBUTION: Cosmopolitan, known from Auckland, Taupo, Westland and Fiordland.
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Macro images:
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Trichia contortaScale bar
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 Scale = 1 mm.
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Trichia contortaScale bar 
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 Scale = 1 mm.
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Trichia contortaScale bar 
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 Scale = 1.3 mm.
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Trichia contortaScale bar 
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 Scale = 1.3 mm.
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Trichia contortaScale bar 
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 Scale = 1 mm.
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Micro images: 
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Capillitium 
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Capillitium: Dull yellow, elaters simple or sometimes branched 3-5 um in diameter, with 4 to 5 even or irregular spiral bands. Smooth or spiny or with long spines, tips swoollen with one or two curved spines present.Magnification = 1000x
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Spores 
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Spores: Pale yellow by transmittied light minutely spiny, 10- 13 µm in diameter.Magnification = 1000x
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