Species: Stemonitis splendens Rostaf.Go Back
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Description:
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SPORANGIA: total height 6 to 20 mm., cylindrical, obtuse, stalked, purplish brown, closely fasciculate and forming large colonies. Stalk black, shining, slender, 1 to 4 mm. long, rising from a silvery or purplish hypothallus.

COLUMELLA: reaching nearly to the summit of the sporangium and rigid.

CAPILLITIUM: of purplish brown threads, the principal branches springing at distant intervals from the columella, at first almost simple, suddenly branching to form a smooth surface-net with rounded or angular meshes of various sizes, 20-70 µm wide.

 
SPORES: Pale reddish purple, faintly and closely warted, 7-9 µm diam..

Plasmodium: White, rarely pale yellow.
HABITAT: On dead wood.

DISTRIBUTION: Cosmopolitan, known from Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Nelsion, Buller, South Canterbury and Dunedin.
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Macro images:
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Stemonitis splendensScale barA sequines of shots showing the fruiting bodyies developing
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Micro images: 
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