Cyathus olla
Cyathus olla
Cyathus olla
Pellis hyphae
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Cyathus olla (Batsch) Pers., 1801
CS158 Buskett (4/12/10)
Description: Gregarious unusual agarics resembling a 'bird's nest', growing on dead twigs amongst moss. Funnel shaped body, smooth internally but hairy externally. Diameter 5-10mm, 8-10mm high. Number of peridia 2-4 greyish in colour with attached brown filament (funiculus) which consists of several thin hyphae; diameter of peridia 2-3mm. An immature specimen was similar in appearance except that the 'funnel' was enclosed with a greyish felty enclosure.

Microscopy:
Pellis:
Hyphal some with encrusting pigment and some with inflations in the middle (clamp connections (?) - septa not clearly visible)
Basidia: 2- and 4-spored, sterigmata longer in the 2-spored basidia.
Spores: Ellipsoid, hyaline, smooth without germ pore, inamyloid; L= 9.7-13.1µm, W = 6.3-8.4µm, Q=1.40-1.73, Qm=1.58
Links:
Index Fungorum
George Barron's site
CS158 Buskett (4/12/10)
CS158 Lateral view
Spores
Pellis hyphae
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