Species: Metatrichia floriformis (Schw.) G. ListerGo Back
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Description:
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SPORANGIA: free, or often adhering in clusters of two to twenty, obovoid, subglobose, or cylindrical, brown often mottled with darker shades, purplish red or black.

STALK: furrowed, bright or dark red, translucent and free from refuse matter, 1 to 2 mm. or more long, usually adhering in clusters and arising from a red hypothallus.

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

CAPILLITIUM: of pale brownish red elaters, marked with four to six spiral bands, ending in tapering points,
20-40 µm long.

NOTES: This species is common and is usually found in large colonies with many sporangia.

 
SPORES: Brick-red in mass, pale orange-red by transmitted light, minutely warted, 10-12 µm diam..

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

DISTRIBUTION: Cosmopolitan, known from Auckland, Taupo, Wellington, Nelson, Buller, Westland, Fiordland, Canterbury, Mackenzie, Southland and Dunedin.
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Macro images:
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Metatrichia floriformisScale bar 
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 Scale = 1 mm.
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Metatrichia floriformisScale bar 
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 Scale = 1.6 mm.
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Metatrichia floriformisScale bar 
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 Scale = 1 mm.
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Metatrichia floriformisScale bar 
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 Scale = 0.8 mm.
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Micro images: 
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Metatrichia floriformis 
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Capillitium: Showing the finaly tapering free ends of the elaters .Magnification = 400x
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Metatrichia floriformis 
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Capillitium: Closer view of the elaters showing the 5-6 smooth spirals.Magnification = 1000x
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Metatrichia floriformis 
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Spores: 10-12µm minutely spiny. Magnification = 1000x
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