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Stemonitis scintillans


Present in region - Indigenous. Non endemic

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Caption: Sporangia of Lamproderma scintillans. Each sporangium is about 1 mm tall.
Owner: S.L. Stephenson

Article: Stephenson, S.L. (2003). Myxomycetes of New Zealand. Fungi of New Zealand. Ngā Harore o Aotearoa 3: xiv + 238 p. Hong Kong: Fungal Diversity Press.
Description: Fruiting body a stalked sporangium, scattered, 1–2 mm tall. Sporotheca globose, 0.3–0.4 mm in diameter. Stalk relatively long, usually at least two-thirds of the total height, slender, nearly cylindrical, black or dark brown. Hypothallus discoid, black. Columella cylindrical, truncate, not exceeding the center of the sporotheca. Peridium persistent, metallic silvery, blue or bronze iridescent. Capillitium dense, consisting of rigid, straight, sparingly branched and anastomosing threads with numerous free ends, branches of the capillitium pallid or colourless as they leave the columella, elsewhere brown. Spores brown in mass, violet-grey by transmitted light, regularly and distinctly warted, 7–9 µm in diameter. Plasmodium watery white.
Habitat: Dead leaves; less common on wood, dung, and other types of plant debris.
Distribution: Although reported as probably cosmopolitan by Farr (1976), this species appears to be absent from high latitudes (Stephenson et al. 2000). First reported from New Zealand by Rawson (1937), based on a specimen from Dunedin.
Notes: Lamproderma scintillans is the only nonalpine species of Lamproderma that is likely to be found on litter.