Public Description of Peziza ostracoderma Korf

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Taxonomic Classification:

Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Ascomycota
Class: Pezizomycetes
Order: Pezizales
Family: Pezizaceae
Genus: Peziza


General Description:

Ostracoderma has cup-shaped fruiting bodies that are usually a little less than one centimeter in diameter. They are pale brown to umber, and are usually semi-translucent. They have ellipsoid hyaline spores between 6 and 8 micrometers in size. Ostracoderma has an apothecial state and a conidial state; its conidial state was previously thought to be another species, Chromelosporium ollare.


Distribution:

Unknown. Widely found in greenhouses located in Europe.


Habitat:

Their most common habitat is greenhouse soil, where they are often able to incubate even after steam-sterilization.


Uses:

Ostracoderma can be problematic to plant growers because of its mycelium’s imperviousness to water – plants are limited in growth rate by its presence. It has no known uses.


References:

Hennebert, G. L. and Richard P. Korf. “The Peat Mould, Chromelosporium ollare, Conidial State of Peziza ostracoderma, and Its Misapplied Names, Botrytis crystallina, Botrytis spectabilis, Ostracoderma epigaeum and Peziza atrovinosa”. Mycologia , Vol. 67, No. 2 (Mar. – Apr., 1975), pp. 214-240. (http://www.jstor.org/stable/3758415)
Fergus, Charles L. “A Note on the Occurrence of Peziza ostracoderma”. Mycologia, Vol. 52, No. 6 (Nov. – Dec., 1960), pp. 959-961. (http://www.jstor.org/stable/3755856)


Notes:

Conidial state previously thought to be the species Chromelosporium ollare. Also known as Botrytis crystallina, Botrytis spectabilis, Ostracoderma epigaeum and Peziza atrovinosa.


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