Campus Units

Botany

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

1983

Journal or Book Title

Mycologia

Volume

75

Issue

3

First Page

423

Last Page

435

DOI

10.2307/3792684

Abstract

Calcium oxalate dihydrate crystals form at or near the tips of sterile hairs on the apothecia of the oak leaf litter discomycete Dasyscypha capitata. Early in their development, the crystals appear to be covered by a wall or membrane, whereas later they appear external. The crystals on each hair form a mass of crystals called a druse. Quite often the smaller crystals near the apex of the tip form a rosette, whereas the more peripheral crystals are much larger and display shapes possibly related to environmental factors. The formation and development of Dasyscypha crystals are compared with recent studies of other litter and soil fungi and their presence in other biological systems is put into perspective.

Comments

This article is from Mycologia 75 (1983): 423, doi: 10.2307/3792684. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

The New York Botanical Garden

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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