Species: Trichia botrytis (J.F. Gmel.) Pers. Go Back
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Description:
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SPORANGIA: total height 1.5 to 5 mm., stalked, piriform or turbinate, free or combined in small clusters, 0.6 to 0.8 mm. diam., yellowish olive, reddish brown, brown, or purple, often areolate with paler lines of dehiscence.

STALK: cylindrical, often adherent in clusters of two to eight, furrowed, red or purplish brown, consisting within of spongy tissue enclosing refuse matter.

PERIDIUM: of two layers, the outer charged with granular matter and continued into the stalk, the inner membranous, translucent, enclosing the spores.

CAPILLITIUM: of cylindrical yellowish brown elaters 4-5 fi diam., sometimes branched, gradually tapering to long slender points which are smooth at the tips, marked with three to five flattened, or prominent lax and often rugged, spiral bands.

 
SPORES: Ochraceous yellow, minutely spinulose,
9 - 11 µm diam..

PLASMODIUM: Purple-brown.
HABITAT: On dead wood.

DISTRIBUTION: Cosmopolitan, known from Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Buller, South Canterbury and Southland.
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Macro images:
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Metatrichia floriformisScale bar
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 Scale = 1.25 mm.
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Trichia botrytisScale bar 
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 Scale = 1.25 mm.
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Trichia botrytisScale bar 
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Close up view of immature fruiting body's. showing the areolate with paler lines of dehiscence.Scale = 1 mm.
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Trichia botrytisScale bar 
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Less common are these fruiting body's with next to no stalk.Scale = 0.5 mm.
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Trichia botrytisScale bar 
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 Scale = 0.5 mm.
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Micro images: 
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Trichia botrytis 
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Capillitium: Showing the finaly tapering free ends of the elaters .Magnification = 1000x
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Spores: 9-11µm minutely spiny. Magnification =1000x
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