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 Ascomata. Cleistothecial, scattered, superficial, 240-385 μm diam., covered with very long, flexuous, sometimes geniculate, simple, septate, brown, thick-walled hairs, 4.5-5 μm wide, with straight, obtuse tips and often curved and dilated at the base; peridium semitransparent to somewhat opaque, olivaceous brown with angular, slightly thick-walled, outer cells, 5-10 μm diam. Asci. 50-70 × 12-15 μm, clavate, with a short stipe and a tapering rounded apex, 8-spored, with spores arranged in two rows; apical ring hardly visible; subapical chamber rounded, ca 1.2 μm broad. Ascospores. Clavate to obovoid-fusiform when young, filled with large oil drops, becoming transversely 1-septate; upper cell ranging through olivaceous to light brown, 9.5-12 × 6.5-8.5 μm, broadly ellipsoidal, somewhat truncate below and umbonate at the apex, with an apical germ pore; pedicle cylindrical, 3.5-8.5 × 2.5- 3μm; gelatinous equipment lacking or possibly in the form of an evanescent cauda at each of end of the spore. Paraphyses. Short, up to 12 μm broad, composed of swollen cells, evanescent. 


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