Fairy Pins Phaeocalicium polyporaeum (Nylander) Tibell    
Kingdom Fungi   >   Phylum Ascomycota   >   Class Eurotiomycetes   >   Order Mycocaliciales   >   Family Mycocaliciaceae   >   Genus Phaeocalicium   

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 152 records in the project database.

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Fairy Pins in Frederick Co., Maryland (1/10/2020). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

Fairy Pins on Violet Tooth in Baltimore Co., Maryland (3/1/2020). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

Fairy Pins in Howard Co., Maryland (5/1/2021). (c) smuller, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

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

Fairy Pins growing in Prince George's Co., Maryland (7/5/2019). Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

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

Fairy Pins in Montgomery Co., Maryland (5/29/2019). Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

Fairy Pins in Frederick Co., Maryland (4/19/2021). (c) Serenella Linares, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND). Photo by Serenella Linares via iNaturalist. (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 (5/7/2019). (c) Joanne and Robert Solem, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Joanne Solem. (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)

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

Fairy Pins in Baltimore Co., Maryland (10/3/2020). (c) smuller, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)


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