A small ascomycete pulled from a rotten log at the weekend which gave me the runaround at first.
Ascocoryne sarcoides is a frequent sight in any woodland but one disc of it's congener Ascocoryne cylichnium completely threw me. There was only one disc, which led to some keying false starts. Only working back from the fantastic spores was I able to put the other pieces in place. These spores bud off mini-spores, which is a very funky thing to do. You can see from the pics below that the images are full of these tiny spores which I had managed not to see as significant until I already knew they were.
|chopped in half for squishing|
|Ascus tips blued with iodine|
|Spores and tons of mini-spores|
|spores and baby-spores|
|Spore illustration in Dennis|
|Fungi of Switzerland|
|Spore and baby|