Observation 209615: Clavariaceae sensu lato
When: 2015-07-11

Notes: These small earth tongues were around 2 cm long with the longest being 3 cm long. They were growing in mosses at the edge of the pond.

I created a thin cross section of the fertile surface, interior, and expected to find asci.

Instead I found many thick-walled spores (round, 7-8 micron diameter) and what appears to be basidia. I’ve included photos showing the basidia. I looked carefully and I saw no asci. I saw several structures that appear to be basidia, some forming spores.

I am confused. I thought all such structures were ascomycetes. Maybe I am mis-interpreting what I see, but even then where were the asci ( unless they only hold one spore ).

UPDATE:
I repeated the microscopy with another specimen. I sliced about 1/4 from the top and took a thin cross-section from that. I saw exactly the same thing.

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Proposed Names

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Eye3
Recognized by sight
28% (1)
Used references: Arora, Mushrooms Demystified. Flattened, pinched head. But may be parasitized!
56% (1)
Eyes3
Recognized by sight
28% (1)
Eye3
Recognized by sight

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Comments

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Round spores!
By: L G Price (LG_Price)
2015-07-12 10:47:37 CDT (-0400)

Spathalaria has long needle like spores.

Did you see the microscopy photos? Basidia!

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