Tiny pale hairy asco on wood

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Tiny pale hairy asco on wood

Post by Aciauda » Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:38 am

Tiny pale asco on soaking b-l stick
This tiny pale asco was clustered on the other end of the stick with the tiny white balls on stalks identified by Chris as Bulbillomyces farinosus after my recent post. It was almost barrel shaped and made me think of a gooseberry with the top cut off. It was hairy round the edge and hairy on the surface.
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The first two pictures show it at low power of dissecting microscope with a mm scale showing in the second one.
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The next two pictures show it at an intermediate and at the highest magnification dissecting microscope (x7 objective).
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The hairs at the edge of the cup and on the surface are dextrinoid shown at x60 and x100
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The surface hairs are dextrinoid too
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The excipulum is of elongated cells not properly filamentous, nor would I call it cuboidal

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Re: Tiny pale hairy asco on wood

Post by mollisia » Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:08 pm


this is Olla scrupulosa.

The excipulum I would call textura prismatica.

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Re: Tiny pale hairy asco on wood

Post by Aciauda » Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:24 pm

Thank you very much indeed Andreas. It is lovely to have found it and much more lovely to have your id. I shall treasure it and look up the fungus right away. Thank you too for textura prismatica.

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Re: Tiny pale hairy asco on wood

Post by Chris Yeates » Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:54 pm

You will find this common but rather lovely disco in the literature under all sorts of names - if I remember correctly Ellis and Ellis vol. I has it under 3 separate names on different hosts (now synonymised).
See: http://www.speciesfungorum.org/Names/Sy ... dID=315277

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