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Desmocladus Smut

Scientific Name
Restiosporium flexuosum
Scientific Author
Vánky
Taxonomy
Basidiomycota, Ustilaginomycetes, Ustilaginales, Ustilaginaceae
Status
Native Australian Species
Reliability
High
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Diagnostic Notes
Sori in all nuts of an inflorescence, ovoid, flattened, with an acute tip, visible between the spreading floral envelopes, 1.5–2.5 mm long, 0.5–1.0 mm wide, filled with a dark brown powdery mass of ephemeral spore balls and spores. The fungus induces transvestism in the host.

Spores solitary when mature, globose, ovoid, ellipsoidal, elongate or subpolyhedrally irregular, rarely with short acute tips at the angles and narrow lines on the surface, 9–16 × 7–12 µm, pale olivaceous brown; wall ±uniformly 0.5–1.5 µm thick; in LM smooth, in SEM all spores finely and densely verruculose.
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Roger Shivas
Author
Roger Shivas
Created
07/12/2010 11:30 AEST
Last Updated
07/12/2010 11:30 AEST
Citation
Roger Shivas (2010) Desmocladus Smut (Restiosporium flexuosum ) Updated on 12/7/2010 11:30:56 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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