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Leptocarpus Smut

Scientific Name
Restiosporium leptocarpi
Scientific Author
(Berk.) 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, hidden by the floral envelopes, filled with a black initially agglutinated, later granular-powdery mass of spore balls.

Spore balls subglobose, ellipsoidal or slightly irregular, 40–90 × 35–70 µm, dark olivaceous brown to opaque, composed of tens of spores that separate readily by pressure.

Spores subglobose, ellipsoidal, elongate to subpolyhedrally irregular, 16–25 (–27) × 11–19 µm, medium dark olivaceous brown; wall uniformly 1.0–1.5 µm thick, finely and densely low-verrucose; spore profile finely wavy.
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Roger Shivas
Author
Roger Shivas
Created
07/12/2010 01:02 AEST
Last Updated
07/12/2010 13:02 AEST
Citation
Roger Shivas (2010) Leptocarpus Smut (Restiosporium leptocarpi ) Updated on 12/7/2010 1:02:59 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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