Fairy Pins Phaeocalicium polyporaeum (Nyl.) Tibell  

Status:

Parasitic. Resemble tiny black matchsticks in groups or rows primarily on caps of Violet Tooth (Trichaptum biforme).

Description:

Maximum size of 2.5 mm.

Relationships:

Relies on Violet Tooth (Trichaptum biforme). Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) also cited as host (Woehrell & Light [Mushrooms of the Georgia Piedmont and Southern Appalachians 2017:166]). Often present when green algae exists on host. (J. Solem, pers. comm.)

There are 30 records in the project database.

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Fairy Pins on Violet Tooth found during a Chino Farms BioBlitz, Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (4/27/2013). Determined by Lance Biechele. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Fairy Pins in Allegany Co., Maryland (4/8/2017). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Fairy Pins on Violet Tooth in Howard Co., Maryland (5/7/2019). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Fairy Pins on Violet Tooth in Howard Co., Maryland (5/7/2019). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Fairy Pins on Violet Tooth in Howard Co., Maryland (5/29/2009). Determined by Robert Solem. Photo by Wesley Earp. (MBP list)

Fairy Pins on Violet Tooth in Baltimore Co., Maryland (1/6/2019). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Fairy Pins in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/12/2019). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

Fairy Pins in Howard Co., Maryland (5/27/2019). Determined by Bob and Jo Solem. Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

Spores collected from a Fairy Pins specimen in Howard Co., Maryland (5/7/2019). Narrowly ellipsoid, smooth, hyaline; measured 12.2-13.1 x 3.6-3.6 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)


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