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Dinemasporium cruciferum

Dinemasporium cruciferum Ellis, Bull. Torrey bot. Club 9: 20 (1882)

Stauronema cruciferum (Ellis) Syd., P. Syd. & E.J. Butler, Annls mycol. 14(3/4): 217 (1916)


Saprobic on dead leaves of grasses. Sexual morph: undetermined. Asexual morph: Conidiomata up to 450 µm wide, and 250 µm deep, black, stromatic, cupulate or obconical in surface view, solitary to gregarious, superficial but semi-immersed in origin, setose. Conidiomatal wall composed of two types; a) basal stroma 30–60 µm thick, of textura angularis, cells thick-walled, often pale brown to brown and encrusted in lower layers, becoming paler, smooth and thin-walled only near the conidial hymenium; b) excipulum 20–30 µm thick, of textura prismatica, with thick-walled and dark brown to brown cells in the external layers, thin-walled, hyaline in the inner layers. Conidomatal setae 10–130 × 2–7 µm, honey-brown to dark brown, thick and smooth-walled, arising from the basal stroma and excipulum; those arising from basal stroma subulate or cylindrical, acute or blunt at apices, multiseptate, straight or divergent; those arising from excipular elements incurved over the conidial hymenium, with fewer septa. Conidiophores lining the cavity of the conidioma, hyaline, cylindrical to subcylindrical, septate, branched, smooth-walled, invested in mucus. Conidiogenous cells 9–20 × 2–2.5 µm, hyaline, lageniform to subcylindrical, discrete or integrated, indeterminate, thickened at periclinal collarette zone, smooth-walled. Conidia 7–10 × 2–4 µm ( = 9 × 3 µm; n = 50), hyaline, fusiform to naviculate, with a narrow, truncate base, aseptate, bearing unbranched, attenuated, flexuous appendages; apical and basal appendages 6–16 ( =9) µm long, single; basal appendage excentric; lateral appendages 3–10 ( =6) µm long, 1–3, inserted about 2–3 µm below the apex,


Material examined: USA, New Jersey, New Field, on dead leaves of various grasses, June 1881 (FH 01142403, isotype, Ellis & Everhart - North American Fungi #755)


Notes: The isotype was in poor condition, thus the description of conidiomata and conidiomatal wall are based on Nag Raj (1993).



Dinemasporium cruciferum (FH 01142403, isotype). a, b Herbarium specimen. c Appearance of black conidiomata on the host. d Conidioma with setae. e–f Setae. g Conidiomatal wall. h–k Conidiophores, conidiogenous cells and developing conidia. l–o Conidia. Scale bars: c = 100 µm, d = 50 µm, e–f = 20 µm, g–k = 10 µm, l–o = 5 µm.




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