Pers. ex J.F. Gmel.) Pers. 1794
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.
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.
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