Observation 173709: Thaxteriella pezizula (Berk. & M.A. Curtis) Petr.

When: 2014-08-06

Collection location: Cliffisde Lake, Macon Co., North Carolina, USA [Click for map]

Who: Danny Newman (myxomop)

No specimen available

x2 species present — tiny resupinate ring-shaped discs appressed to substrate (this observation) + upright, dark purple, spathulate-flabelliform growths (Observation 173707). Both hardened dry on their substrate.

Substrate: on decorticate, bleached, downed log in a campsite beside the lake.

Habitat: mixed deciduous + coniferous temperate rainforest, ~4500 ft.

Collectors: L. Gallagher & D. Newman

Collected for the 2014 Fleshy Fungi of the Highlands Plateau course, taught by Andy Methven at the Highlands Biological Station in Highlands, North Carolina.

Species Lists


Asci and Spores – 400x – Melzer’s
Asci and Spores – 400x – Melzer’s
Asci and Spores – 400x – Melzer’s
Asci and Spores – 1000x – Melzer’s
Ascus and Spores – 1000x – Melzer’s
Ascus and Spores – 1000x – Melzer’s

Proposed Names

-28% (2)
Recognized by sight
29% (1)
Recognized by sight
58% (1)
Recognized by sight: fruiting body small (>1mm diam.), turbinate, collapsing when mature, laid against a setose subiculum
Based on microscopic features: clavate, fissitunicate asci, multiseptate ascospores with asymmetrical ends.
87% (1)
Eye3 Eyes3
Used references: Dr. Andy Miller

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By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2014-08-19 01:10:31 CDT (-0400)
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2014-08-13 23:46:58 CDT (-0400)

Have a look at the post for the purple growths over at Observation 173707. There is micro there for those, which I took to be tuning fork basidia at first glance, but was troubled by the extremely small size of the spores. It would make more sense if those were conidia, as in the anamorphic Coryne dubia as you suggest. This would also explain the purple coloration as well.

the pink ones are coryne dubia.
By: Jonathan M
2014-08-13 23:19:59 CDT (-0400)
if Stictis
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2014-08-13 01:23:10 CDT (-0400)

this is the smallest damned Stictis I’ve ever seen. plus the ones I’m accustomed to are embedded in the substrate, surrounded by a collar of powdery white granules, as in S. radiata and similar spp.

will scope tomorrow and post back.

shit my bad
By: Joshua Birkebak (Shua)
2014-08-13 01:09:50 CDT (-0400)

I had both open in different tabs and posted on the wrong one

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2014-08-13 01:08:10 CDT (-0400)

the upright, dried, gelatinous things are the focus of the other observation (Observation 173707), where D. elegans has already been proposed.

Created: 2014-08-12 22:25:06 CDT (-0400)
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