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Craterium dictyosporum (Rostaf) H. Neubert, Nowotny et K. Baumann
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Sporocarps gregarious or densely crowded, usually stalked, total height 0.7-1.5 mm. Sporothecae usually ovate to obovate or sometimes globose, 0.2-0.8 Ám diam. Hypothallus discoid or confluent, brown. Stalk pale brown, orange brown, paler below, pale orange brown to red brown by TL, filled with irregular colourless lime scales up to 10 Ám diam., 0.5-1 mm long, tapered upwards. Peridium single, the upper half evanescent, grey and with brown lime flakes, the lower half persistent as a red-brown cup. Columella pale brown, reaching to the centre of the sporotheca, up to 0.5 mm tall and 0.2 mm wide, the lower part opaque dull brown by TL, the tip paler, filled with white lime. Capillitium of lime-filled tubules, often connected by limeless threads or bands. Spore-mass black. Spores brown to violet brown, sometimes paler on one side, 12-17 Ám diam., irregularly verrucose, the warts dark, up to 1 Ám high, arranged in rows and tending to form an incomplete network. Plasmodium yellow.

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