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 Colonies. Tiny orange-coloured apothecial ascomata, growing either in groups or scattered among green shoots of the moss (Bryum argenteum) gametophyte in Egypt. The whitish hyphae of the fungal mycelium intimately surround the rhizoids of the moss shoots. Ascomata. Almost sessile, 1-1.5 μm diam. with a flat to convex surface and an undulate pale yellow margin. Asci. Operculate, (100-) 144-153 (-170) × 15-20 μm., 4- (rarely 5-) spored; with orange contents, especially when young. Ascospores. Ellipsoid to fusiform, smooth, ± colourless and 25 (-30) × 12-14 μm; usually including one very large (up to 10 μm diam.), 0-2 large and numerous small to very small guttules. Paraphyses. Clavate, ± straight, mostly aseptate, about 150 μm long and 4-5 μm wide below and up to 10 μm wide at apex, with orange contents. 


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