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hemitrichia calvata

Hemitrichia clavata


"sporangium" of suspected : hemitrichia calyculata. Dark (red/black) stem , paperlike "peridium" which is curled or folded to the outside at the top, yellow "captilum" with definitly yellow "spore-mass" which get shoot away when the stem swinged (touched or through the wind). inmature "sporangium" has the "captilum" completly ball-like surrounded in the "peridium" untill they are ripe, then the "peridium" breaks open to let the thread-like "captilium" free. --- inet-description: Sporocarps stalked, in groups, 1-2.5 mm total height . Sporothecae 0.5-1 mm diam., yellow to ochraceous . Hypothallus conspicuous , red, often forming a coloured base to the stalk . Stalk slender, dark, to 2 mm high, filled with round cell-like bodies 7-10 µm diam., expanded just below the sporotheca. Peridium thin, shining, leaving a shallow cup . Capillitium an elastic network of yellow, branched and anastomosed threads, 5-7 µm diam., decorated with 4-5 narrow spirals which appear minutely spinulose under oil immersion lens. Spore-mass bright yellow or ochraceous. Spores pale yellow, 6.5-7 µm diam., delicately reticulate . Plasmodium pink, deepening to red --- An often easy to recognise family as the spore mass is typically brightly coloured, producing stalked or sessile sporangia. A capillitium often consisting of solid or tubular, smooth or sculptured, free or attached threadlike elements.( http://www.hiddenforest.co.nz/slime/inde... )


Habitat: on dead wood ( http://slimemold.uark.edu/fungi/default.... ) , ( http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?searc... ) , ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichiales ) , ( http://eol.org/pages/18557222/overview ) , ( http://www.hiddenforest.co.nz/slime/inde... )


Slime mold or mould is a broad term describing protists that use spores to reproduce. Slime molds were formerly classified as fungi, but are no longer considered part of this kingdom. Their common name refers to part of some of these organisms' life cycles where they can appear as gelatinous "slime". This is mostly seen with the myxomycetes, which are the only macroscopic slime molds. Slime molds have been found all over the world and feed on microorganisms that live in any type of dead plant material. For this reason, these organisms are usually found in soil, lawns, and on the forest floor, commonly on deciduous logs. However, in tropical areas they are also common on inflorescences, fruits and in aerial situations (e.g., in the canopy of trees) and also grow in air conditioners, especially when the drain is blocked. In urban areas, they are found on mulch or even in the leaf mold in gutters. One of the most commonly encountered slime molds is the yellow Physarum polycephalum, found both in nature in forests in temperate zones, as well as in classrooms and laboratories. Most slime molds are smaller than a few centimeters, but some species may reach sizes of up to several square meters and masses of up to 30 grams. Many have striking colours such as yellow, brown and white ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slime_mold )

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AlexKonig 7 years ago

thanks hccp !

Absolutely fascinating! Great photos!

AlexKonig 7 years ago

added to: Myxomycetes (Slime Moulds) of the World - mission

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 7 years ago

Hi Alex, it seems you know a lot about fungi. Can you confirm this is a Cordyceps? http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/781...

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Horst aan de Maas, Limburg, Netherlands

Lat: 51.44, Long: 6.06

Spotted on Dec 3, 2011
Submitted on Dec 4, 2011

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