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Stemonitis splendens Rost. Monog. 195. 1874
Stemonitis Morgani Peck, Bot. Gaz. 5: 33. 1880.
Stemonitis Bauerlinii f.feneslrata Rex, Proc. Acad. Phila. 1890: 37. 1890.
Stemonitis maxima Sensu Massee, Monog. 74. 1892. Not 5. maxima Schw. 1832.
Stemonitis acuminata Massee, Monog. 78. 1892.
Stemonitis Bauerlinii Massee, Monog. 79. 1892.
Stemonitis fenestrata Macbr. N. Am. Slime-Moulds 119. 1899.
Sporangia long-cylindric, flexuous, purplish-brown, closely fasciculate or less commonly gregarious, 7-25 mm. tall, forming large and conspicuous fruitings; stalk black, polished, 1-4 mm. tall, arising from a membranous, silvery or purple hypothallus; columella reaching nearly to the apex, often coiled and tortuous toward the tip; capillitium purple-brown, open, arising from few branches, the surface net regular, the meshes large, mostly 20-50 p. in diameter; spores purplish in mass, lilaceous-brown by transmitted light, faintly and closely warted, 7-9 p in diameter ; Plasmodium white or pale yellow.
Type locality : Europe.
Habitat: Dead wood, usually large fallen logs.
Distribution: Throughout North America; cosmopolitan.
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George Willard Martin, Harold William Rickett. 1949. FUNGI; MYXOMYCETES; CERATIOMYXALES, LICEALES, TEICHIALES, STEMONITALES, PHYSARALES. North American flora. vol 1. New York Botanical Garden, New York, NY
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Stemonitis splendens

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Stemonitis splendens, commonly known as the chocolate tube slime, is a species of slime mold.

Description

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Closeup of sporangia

Fruiting body

The sporangia are dark purplish brown, smooth, dry, 10–20 mm tall, and 1–2 mm in diameter. The stem is black, 3–5 mm long, and less than 1 mm thick.[1]

Spore

The spores are 6–9 µm in diameter, brown, globose, and covered in small warts.[1]

Ecology and distribution

Specimens grow in small, compact clusters on sheltered, decaying wood. It is quite common within its range. In Australia the species has been observed in all states.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c Young, A.M. (2005). A field guide to the fungi of Australia. UNSW Press. ISBN 0868407429.
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Stemonitis splendens: Brief Summary

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Stemonitis splendens, commonly known as the chocolate tube slime, is a species of slime mold.

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