Lophiostoma origani var. rubidum

    Description

    This fungus consists of black spheres, up to 0.5mm in diameter, embebbed in the herbaceous stem of the host, which partially break through to the surface as they mature. Spores are liberated through slot shaped ostioles. A pinkish red stain coats the surface of the host around the fruit bodies.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Recorded growing on a dead stem of Great Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum).

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