Species: Trichia crateriformis G.W. Martin Go Back
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Description:
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SPORANGIA:stalked, scattered, umber brown, obovate to obconical, flattened above, 0.5 - 1.5 mm broad, 0.8 - 1.5 mm tall.

HYPOTHALLUS: inconspicuous.

STALK: short, usually less than half the total height of the sporangium.

PERIDIUM: sharply delimited as a basal cup and an operculum, the cup membranous, more or less furrowed, umber brown, shining, the operculum flattened, dull.

CAPILLITIUM: abundant, brownish ochraceous, yellow by transmitted light, the filaments uniformly 7 - 8 µm in diameter, except at the tips, bearing 4 or 5 prominent spirals with few or no spines, the tips long-tapering, the filaments often bent in the middle and the two halves spirally twisted about each other.

NOTES: This species is the only member of the genus Trichia to have a clearly discernible preformed operculum.

 
SPORES: globose or ovoid, yellow in mass, pale yellow by transmitted light, warted, 11-12 µm in diameter.

PLASMODIUM: unknown.
HABITAT: Decaying wood.

DISTRIBUTION: Rare, Known from Auckland and Mid Canterbury.
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Macro images:
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Trichia crateriformisScale bar 
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 Scale = 0.4 mm.
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Trichia crateriformisScale bar 
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 Scale = 0.4 mm.
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Trichia crateriformisScale bar 
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 Scale = 0.4 mm.
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Trichia crateriformisScale bar 
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 Scale = 0.4 mm.
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Micro images: 
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Trichia crateriformis 
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 Magnification = 400x
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Trichia crateriformis 
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 Magnification = 400x
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