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Pictorial supplement to The Fifth Kingdom - Chapter 5e

Subphylum Basidiomycotina - part 5

Class Holobasidiomycetes

Orders: Sclerodermatales, Melanogastrales, Tulostomatales,
Lycoperdales, Nidulariales, Phallales
(Gasteromycetae)

(22 illustrations)

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 Sclerodermatales - Scleroderma aurantiacum, an 'earth ball'     Note the thick peridium, lack of an ostiole, and blue-black gleba.
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 Sclerodermatales - basidioma of Pisolithus tinctorius cut open to reveal locules in gleba. 
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Sclerodermatales - Pisolithus tinctorius, an important ectomycorrhizal fungus.  
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Sclerodermatales - Sphaerobolus stellatus, with gleba ready to be shot away.   
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Melanogastrales


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Melanogastrales - Melanogaster, a basidioma (from my garden) bisected to reveal locules of dark spores.
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Tulostomatales    


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Tulostomatales - tough, stalked basidiomata of Tulostoma found growing in sand dunes.  
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Tulostomatales - Calostoma rodwayi, with a gelatinous stipe and vividly coloured, branched ostiole.  This is a New Zealand species, but similar taxa occur in North America. 
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Lycoperdales            


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Lycoperdales - Lycoperdon perlatum, a very common puffball.  
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Lycoperdales - a large specimen of Langermannia (Calvatia) gigantea, the giant puffball, found near Kitchener, Ontario..


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 Lycoperdales - two earth stars, species of Geaster found in Algonquin Park, Ontario       
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Nidulariales    


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Nidulariales - the bird's nest fungi  
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Nidulariales - vertical section of Cyathus, showing the deep funnel-shaped splash-cup, and the peridioles.
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Phallales       


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Phallales - egg and fully expanded basidioma of Mutinus caninus, the dog stinkhorn   
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Phallales - fully expanded basidioma of Phallus.  Note the basal peridium (egg-shell), spongy stipe and apical receptacle bearing the slimy, odoriferous gleba.  
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Phallales - Phallus impudicus with an appreciative clientele of flies. 
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Phallales - rather outré cartoon of Phallus impudicus as a flasher, from a French book, 'Le Gratin des Champignons,' by Sabatier and Becker.


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Phallales - basidiomata of Dictyophora.  The distinctive skirt may be a waiting room for overflow crowds of hungry visiting insects.
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Phallales - bisected egg of Anthurus - see also next picture. 
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Phallales - expanded basidioma of Anthurus.  Note that the gleba is on the inside of the arms, and that the arms are coloured like meat.  Compare with the previous picture 
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Phallales - expanded lattice-work basidioma of Clathrus, with gleba on the inside. 
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Phallales - eggs and expanded flower-like, meat-coloured receptacles of Aseroë from New Zealand  
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Phallales - hypogeous basidomata of Hysterangium.  
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A sample of gasteromycete stamps (from M.O. Moss 1998
The Mycologist 12: 104-106)


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