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Tulostoma pulchellum

 

 

 

 

The fruit body consists of a spore sac atop a short stem (with the latter usually buried in the ground). The  sac contains powdery spores and a capillitium (a cotton-wool-like mas of hyphae). The sac is roughly hemispherical in shape with a socket in the flat base into which the stem fits. The sac may be up to 15 millimetres in diameter and the stem up to 30 x 5 millimetres. The sac’s skin (or endoperidium) is whitish to fawn and the sac has a small, apical mouth through which the spores escape. In this species the mouth is a well-defined zone, consisting of a central opening, surrounded by a small, radially fibrillose circular area. Early in its development the sac is enveloped in a second skin (the exoperidium). In this species the exoperidium is a well-developed white membrane and and soil grains are bound to its outer surface. With time the exoperidium breaks up and disappears except, usually, for a persistent basal portion.

 

The original description of this species (based on material collected in Australia)  was published in a French mycological journal in 1889, by an Italian mycologist to whom the Australian collection had been sent.

 

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Tulostoma pulchellum at Belconnen, ACT - 23 Jun 2018 by Heino1
Tulostoma pulchellum at Belconnen, ACT - 23 Jun 2018 by Heino1

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  • Tulostoma pulchellum Scientific name
  • Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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