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Clathrus delicatus saprobic and grows alone under bamboo thicket. Mature receptacle is 1.7 cm high, 1.2 cm broad, oval to egg-shaped, cage-like, latticed structure composed of slender arms that are joined near the base, white, o.6 cm long stipe; meshes 8 in number more or less isodiametric above and vertically below. Microscopic Features: Spores 3.5-4 × 1.8-2.2 µm; elongated to cylindric, hyaline and smooth.Its s one of a few white (rather than red or orange) species of Clathrus, and it can be separated from the other white species on the basis of its arms, which are smooth, white, flattened but with deep groove on the outer surface, more or less rounded in the inner portion, reduced to a single tube. The species is being characterized by considerably smaller size, simplification of the tubular structure of the arms and presence of specialized ‘glebifers’ (structures that produced the spore slime, located on the inner surfaces of the arms); and the bright yellow rhizomorphs attached to its base.

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