Species: Trichia varia (Pers. ex J.F. Gmel.) Pers Go Back
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Description:
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SPORANGIA: Globose, obovoid, or turbinate, 0.6 to 0.9 mm. diam., sessile, short-stalked, or forming short plasmodiocarps, crowded or scattered, ochraceous yellow or olivaceous, often forming large colonies.

PERIDIUM: Membranous, pale yellow, marked with ring-shaped or crescentic thickenings.

STALK: 0.1 to 0.5 mm. high, thick, black, furrowed.

CAPILLITIUM: Of cylindrical ochraceous yellow elaters 3-5 ju diam., tapering shortly at the ends and terminating in curved points, marked with two well-defined spiral bands which are more prominent on one side of the elater than on the other.

NOTES: This species is clearly distinguished from every other one of the genus by the two spiral bands on the elaters, which are prominent, and more so on one side.

 
SPORES: Ochrace ous yellow, minutely warted,
11 - 16 µm diam.

PLASMODIUM: White
HABITAT: On dead wood.

DISTRIBUTION: Cosmopolitan, known from Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Buller, Nelson, Fiordland, Mid Canterbury, Otago Lakes and Southland.
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Macro images:
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Trichia variaScale bar
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 Scale = 0.6 mm.
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Trichia crateriformisScale bar 
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 Scale = 0.9 mm.
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Trichia variaScale bar 
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 Scale = 1 mm.
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Trichia variaScale bar  
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  Scale = 1 mm.
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Trichia variaScale bar  
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  Scale = 1 mm.
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Micro images: 
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Trichia varia 
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Capillitium: Yellow to ochraceous, with long free elaters, 3-5 µm in diameter with2 (3) widely spaced spiral bands. Tips acute, curved lengh twice the diameter of the elaters.
Spores :
Dull yellow, delicately warted, 12-`14 µm in diameter
Magnification = 400x
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