E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Godronia multispora J.W. Groves
no common name

Species account author: Ian Gibson.
Extracted from Matchmaker: Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest.

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Species Information

Features include tiny, nearly spherical fruitbodies that open to become urceolate to expanded, the exterior reddish brown or ochraceous brown to black, slightly furfuraceous, and more or less longitudinally striate, the spore-bearing area pale grayish, stem absent, growth on birch, and microscopic characters including asci that begin with 8 thread-like spores but these spores break into many smaller spores.

There are four collections from BC at the Pacific Forestry Center determined by A. Funk. Collections were examined from ON, Germany, and Latvia, (Groves).
Upper surface:
apothecia [sexual fruitbodies] 0.05-0.1(0.12)cm across and 0.04-0.15cm high, at first nearly spherical, opening circularly and becoming urceolate [goblet-shaped] to expanded; spore-bearing area concave, pale grayish, more fleshy than the exterior; margin more or less fimbriate [fringed]; conidial fruitbodies "erumpent, separate or cespitose", 0.02-0.06cm across, nearly spherical to ovoid, tearing open widely at the top, brown to black, bald, similar in consistency to the apothecia or more membranous
consistency hard, brittle, coriaceous-waxy [leathery-waxy], more coriaceous-fleshy when moist
"reddish brown or ochraceous brown to black"; "slightly furfuraceous, more or less longitudinally striate"
sessile [stem lacking], narrowed in lower part
spores 54-75 x 2.0-3.0 microns, soon fragmenting into short cells about 5-9 x 2-3 microns, cylindric to elliptic, colorless, these budding off minute spores about 2.0-3.0 x 1.0-1.5 microns, cylindric to allantoid, colorless; asci (80)90-120(130) x (6.0)7.0-8.0(9.0) microns, at first 8-spored but becoming multispored by fragmentation and budding, cylindric to cylindric-clavate, tapering in lower part to a slender stem, pore blue with iodine; paraphyses 1.5-2.0 microns, filiform [thread-like], colorless, septate, simple or branched, "the tips not or very slightly swollen, not forming an epithecium"; conidia (8)10-20(25) x (1.5)2.0-3.5 microns, "elongate-fusiform to subfiliform, pointed at ends, straight or slightly curved, sometimes slightly sigmoid", colorless, mostly 2-celled, occasionally 4-celled; conidiophores 10-35 x 2.0-3.0 microns or longer, cylindric-subulate, colorless, septate, simple or branched; microconidia 2-3 x 1-2 microns, elliptic, colorless, 1-celled

Habitat / Range

"erumpent, separate to cespitose in small clusters", on Betula papyrifera (Paper Birch) and B. pendula (European White Birch)

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Corticium praetermissum P. Karst.
Hyphoderma praetermissum (P. Karst.) J. Erikss. & A.

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