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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.
The New York Botanical Garden
Horner, Harry T.; Tiffany, Lois H.; and Cody, Anita M., "Formation of Calcium Oxalate Crystals Associated with Apothecia of the Discomycete Dasyscypha capitata" (1983). Botany Publication and Papers. 53.