The Families of Mushrooms and Toadstools Represented in the British Isles

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Christianseniaceae

~ Syzygosporaceae.

Morphology. The fruit-bodies producing basidia and basidiospores; pustulate (or inducing host galls); gelatinous and somewhat translucent when moist. The basidia ‘modified’; partially longitudinally quadripartite at the apex; maturing at different times. The basidiospores germinating by budding.

The hyphal walls lamellate, with a thin, electron-dense outer layer and a relatively thick, electron-transparent inner layer.

Ecology. Parasitic; on other fungi (on agarics, corticoids and Leotiales).

British representation. 1 species in Britain (Christiansenia mycophaga); Christiansenia.

World representation. 8 species; genera 1. “Widespread”.

Classification. Basidiomycota; Basidiomycetes; Tremellomycetidae; Christianseniales.

Comments. This family is a recent segregate from Syzygosporaceae, from which it is not separarble by this inadequate description.


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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2008 onwards. The families of mushrooms and toadstools represented in the British Isles. Version: 6th March 2015. delta-intkey.com’.

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