(Schwein.) Nann.-Bremek. 1985
SPORANGIA: free, or often adhering in clusters of two to twenty, obovoid, subglobose, or cylindrical, brown often mottled with darker shades, purplish red or black.
STALK: furrowed, bright or dark red, translucent and free from refuse matter, 1 to 2 mm. or more long, usually adhering in clusters and arising from a red hypothallus.
PERIDIUM: of two layers, the outer charged with granular matter and continued into the stalk, the inner membranous, translucent, enclosing the spores.
CAPILLITIUM: of pale brownish red elaters, marked with four to six spiral bands, ending in tapering points,
20-40 µm long.
NOTES: This species is common and is usually found in large colonies with many sporangia.
SPORES: Brick-red in mass, pale orange-red by transmitted light, minutely warted, 10-12 µm diam..
HABITAT: On dead wood.
DISTRIBUTION: Cosmopolitan, known from Auckland, Taupo, Wellington, Nelson, Buller, Westland, Fiordland, Canterbury, Mackenzie, Southland and Dunedin.
Capillitium: Showing the finaly tapering free ends of the elaters.
Capillitium: Closer view of the elaters showing the 5-6 smooth spirals.
Spores: 10-12µm minutely spiny.