Observation 127326: Leprieuria bacillum (Mont.) Laessøe, J.D. Rogers, & Whalley

Black spherical balls on stalks growing along the upper surface of a fallen log. When the balls fall off, only the stalks remain along the bark of the trunk. Heavy forest of the Sumidero Canyon National Park, Dry Season.

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Little black balls on the log in the background..

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Recognized by sight: A mixed collection? Picture 3 resembles Leprieuria bacillum

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Leprieuria bacillum
By: Roo Vandegrift (Werdnus)
2013-02-07 02:16:55 CST (-0500)

I just looked up Leprieuria bacillum, which I was unfamiliarity with until just now — good call!

This might help, Lauren: http://mycology.sinica.edu.tw/...

And for the Camillea: http://mycology.sinica.edu.tw/...

What do you think?

Mixed collection?
By: Roo Vandegrift (Werdnus)
2013-02-07 02:12:04 CST (-0500)

It’s hard to say from the photos, but that last picture really makes it look like you’ve got several fungi growing from the same log: a round Xylaria, maybe X. tuberoides, and something else, which looks a good bit like Camillea leprieurii to me. And then there’s that resupinate basidio in the front, which is well beyond me!

Did you collect some of them? If you section them, you should be able to tell if the stalks are actually stalks by whether or not they have perithecia in them. If they’re that odd Camillea, they’ll have elongate perithecia letting out around the edge. Thanks for sharing! Always nice to puzzle over a strange fungus!

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