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enlarge to see tiny cups (center top) which bear the future “fluffy bananas!”

Proposed Names

2% (2)
Recognized by sight
42% (4)
Recognized by sight
16% (2)
Recognized by sight: Don Reynolds, current curator of the UCB fungal herbarium, who used to go by the edress moniker capnodium, put this name on it thru a photo ID. does seem to be a better match for the online photos of the genus that I viewed.
Thanks for steering us to the right genus and better info on those empty cups, Darv!
43% (3)
Recognized by sight
Used references: Myxomycetes of New Zealand
The Myxomycetes of Britain and Ireland

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By: Richard Sullivan (enchplant)
2009-03-27 15:05:38 PDT (-0700)

Debbie- your big world pictures are much better- but I put it under the scope at

thank you Clive! no, I didn’t collect it…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-03-27 12:04:01 PDT (-0700)

I guess that it will forever remain Arcyria sp., unless somebody discovers more locally and scopes it!

Empty cups
By: Clive Shirley (myxo)
2009-03-27 11:56:42 PDT (-0700)

Hi Debbie,
The empty cups would indicate that the capillitium is loosely attached to the calyculi and there for would rule out both A. insignis and A. denudata.

My keys lead me to a group A. oerstedii, A. affinis, and A. major which are all told apart by the ornamentation of the capillitium. With out a specimen to look at with your microscope I do not think you will find a species name for this.

Nice photo
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2009-03-27 05:15:05 PDT (-0700)

The tiny cups (empty calyculi) are not the future of more “fluffy bananas”, they are the remains of them. The capillitium has detached and fallen out of several near the top center of the photo.