Botryocrea Petr., Sydowia 3(1–6): 140 (1949)
Facesoffungi number: FoF 07134
Index Fungorum: IF 7418
Ascomycota, genera incertae sedis.
Saprobic on stems of Astragalus sp. (Fabaceae). Sexual morph: undetermined. Asexual morph: Conidiomata reddish brown, solitary to gregarious, pycnidial, superficial, globose to irregular, unilocular, glabrous. Ostiole absent, dehiscence by irregular split in the apical wall. Conidiomatal wall composed of thick-walled, hyaline cells of textura angularis to textura prismatica. Conidiophores arising from the innermost layers of conidiomata, hyaline, filiform, branched, septate, smooth-walled. Conidiogenous cells hyaline, enteroblastic, phialidic, lageniform to cylindrical, integrated or discrete, indeterminate, smooth-walled, with periclinal thickening at collarette zone. Conidia hyaline, fusiform, tapered at the apex, curved, 3-septate, smooth-walled (Sutton 1980).
Type species: Botryocrea sclerotioides (Höhn.) Petr., Sydowia 3(1–6): 141 (1949)
Notes: Botryocrea is a monotypic genus and a shares similar form of conidia with Fusarium (Sutton 1980). Index Fungorum (2019) lists Botryocrea as a synonym of Fusarium, but the fungus is coelomycetous, whereas Fusarium is a hyphomycete. Kirk et al. (2013) did not treat Botryocrea as a valid name. We conclude that Botryocrea is a well-established genus and should be treated as a legitimate name. Fresh collections are needed and subjected to DNA sequence analyses to resolve its placement in a natural classification.
Distribution: Turkey (Sutton 1980).
Botryocrea sclerotioides (redrawn from Sutton 1980) a Conidia. b Conidiophores, conidiogenous cells and developing conidia. c Vertical section of conidioma. d Detail of conidiomatal wall and conidiophores
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