Peziza violacea Pers., (a discomycete)

15 Mar 2017 at OSGR: SU00 in Dorset, England

Record Summarydark violaceous-brown apothecia on old fire-ste
Found asFruitbody
Date15 March 2017
OS grid refOSGR: SU00
Lat/Lon50° 50' N, 1° 50' W
Vice CountyDorset, VC no: 9

Notes: Asci 8-spored, tip blued in Melzer's Iodine.

Ascospores: ellipsoid, with two small guttules, finely warted under oil immersion. 12-13/7-8µm. Immature spores stain in lactophenol cotton blue but older spores in ascus, including wall ornament, unstained. Spores from a spore print show very finely rough with minute and separate warts that faintly stain in lactophenol cotton blue.

Paraphyses: with dark violaceous granular contents, apex slightly swollen and curved to one side.

This is P. praetervisa sensu Dennis with rough spores, which is now called P. violacea.

The following literature was used to identify this find:

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