Lamproderma species

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Lamproderma muscorum

I first collected Lamproderma muscorum at Black Sugarloaf in June 2014  and, after an absence of three years, it has reappeared.  In 2017  I watched developing sporangia on three bryophyte-covered logs separated by approximately 100 – 200 meters. They first appeared as a white ooze that emerged out of the log. Within days the amorphous ooze started to transform into small groups of white spherical ‘beads’. These gradually turned a light pinkish colour and the stalks started to lengthen. Eventually the ‘beads’ went dark as the spores matured. Once they are dry, they are difficult to see without some illumination – their intensely iridescence peridium is visible by torch-light. Several such pulses of activity took place over subsequent weeks.

Like most other Lamproderma species I collect at Black Sugarloaf, L. muscorum appears on the wood or bryophytes (mosses or leafy liverworts) on strongly decayed logs. Its blue/ purple iridescence is much more intense than the other Lamproderma species I find.

In 2016 Lamproderma elasticum was widespread on old logs but it is yet to appear in 2017. I have several collections of L. aff. ovoideum that also favours old logs. One collection of L. scintillans  appeared on the base of raspberry canes in the vegetable garden. Lamproderma echinulatum, whose type locality is Tasmania, is the most common Lamproderma species I find. It started to appear in August 2017.

Lamproderma elasticum
Lamproderma elasticum
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Lamproderma aff. ovoideum
lamproderma scintillans
Lamproderma scintillans
Lamproderma echinulatum

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