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Xylobotryum portentosum (Mont.) Pat. (Ascomycota): a second record from Brazil after a hundred years

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The genus Xylobotryum, erected in 1895 by Patouillard, contains two species that are very similar to each other. The type species, X. andinum Pat., seems to have a pantropical distribution, while X. portentosum (Mont.) Pat. is only known for South and Central America. Xylobotryum portentosum was first described from Guadeloupe and the first record from Brazil was a collection by A. Möller in 1901. During a review in Herbarium FLOR, a collection formerly identified as Xylaria sp. corresponds to the second record of X. portentosum from Brazil. The herbarium specimen was collected in the same locality where Möller collected. This article presents a redescription of X. portentosum, including macro- and microscopic drawings, LM and SEM pictures.
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Keywords: ASCOMYCOTA; DIDYMOSPORE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2008

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  • Nova Hedwigia is an international journal publishing original, peer-reviewed papers on current issues of taxonomy, morphology, ultrastructure and ecology of all groups of cryptogamic plants, including cyanophytes/cyanobacteria and fungi. The half-tone plates in Nova Hedwigia are known for their high quality, which makes them especially suitable for the reproduction of photomicrographs and scanning and transmission electron micrographs.
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