Name: Ascocoryne sarcoides (Jacq.) J.W. Groves & D.E. Wilson
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Copyright © 2016 Nicolle Omiotek (Lilmyco)
Copyright © 2009 Daryl Thompson (woobs)
Copyright © 2013 Dmitriy Bochkov (convallaria)
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First person to use this name on MO: Nathan Wilson
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Kingdom: Fungi

Phylum: Ascomycota

Class: Leotiomycetes

Order: Helotiales

Family: Helotiaceae

Genus: Ascocoryne

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Fruiting Body: Anamorphic stage initially lumpy and irregular, becoming more or less club-shaped, gelatinous, lavender to purple or wine red, forming brain-like masses that can stretch up to 20 cm across; teleomorphic stage cup-like to disc-like, gelatinous, purple and more or less bald on the upper surface, paler and bald or finely fuzzy on the undersurface, with or without a poorly defined stem-like structure; odorless.

Microscopic Features: Spores 13-21 × 3.5-5 µ; smooth; fusiform; biguttulate at first, developing more guttules and, eventually, a septum (rarely more than one septum); rarely with lemon-shaped conidia developing from the spore (and, when conidia develop, coalescing in chains). Asci eight-spored, with spores usually packed in four rows of two; up to 130 × 10 µ; extreme apices blue in Melzer’s reagent. Paraphyses filiform, with subclavate or merely rounded apices 1-2 µ wide.

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