Phylum:Myxomycota >> Class: Myxomycetes >>  Order: Trichiales 
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 Scientific Name: Perichaena vermicularis

Perichaena vermicularis (Schw.) Rost., Mon. App. 34. 1876.

Physarum vermiculare Schw., Trans. Amer. Phil. Soc. II, 4: 257. 1832.

 Description: Fructification a plasmodiocarp, branched and elongate to short and pulvinate, brownish olive, 0.2-0.3 mm broad, on a membranous hypothallus. Peridium of two closely combined layers, the outer olivaceous brown, opaque, dingy, impregnated with irregular granular material, the inner membranous, transparent, papillate on the inside surface, dehiscence irregular. Capillitium of yellow threads, slender, 2-3.5 μm in diameter, rough with minute scattered warts or spinules. Spores yellow (chamois color) in mass, pale yellow by transmitted light, globose, subglobose, 10-14 μm in diameter, minutely warted or spinulate.

Taipei City: 20 Mar 1981, CHL M196; NTU farm, 3 Apr 1984, CHL B361a; NTU campus, 28 June 1986, CHL B585.Nantou County: Meifeng Mountain Farm, 15 July 1992, CHL B1043.

 Habitat: On bark of dead twigs or living trees (Cryptomeria japonica, Bischofia javanica Blume)



Martin, GW and Alexopoulos, CJ. 1969; Liu, CH. 1982.


C. H. Liu

 Note: The fructification is quite obscure mainly due to its dull colored outer peridium. The large closely spinulose or warted spores, and the roughened capillitial threads are distinct characters separating this species from all other members of Perichaena.