Friday, 18 April 2014

From the sublime to the ridiculous - Hyphoderma definitum

After posting a mammal I went to an evening of microscopy with some fungus-bothering friends and we keyed out this rather splendid Hyphoderma definitium. Found on the underside of rotting wood ("corticioid country") this nice soft material was a pleasure to work with. It gets more beautiful the closer you look. Nice chubby sausage spores, oil bodies everywhere, lanky basidia and cystidia that look like they'll club you in the face.



Spores close-up

Oily basidium

The cystidium that ate Manhattan

Stolen from mycobank, a species page I think which belongs to "Corticiacae of Northern Europe"

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