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gleba

(pl. glebas)

Terms discussed: mazedium (pl. mazedia)




Image of Physarum viride from Christian Gottfried Daniel Nees von Esenbeck (1816 - 1817) Das System der Pilze und Schwämme
Physarum viride
A gleba is a solid mass of spores, generated within an enclosed area within the sporocarp. As the spores mature, the sporogenous cells often liquify and/or disintegrate, leaving just the spores behind as a powdery mass that can easily blow away (as in the picture). In other cases, the gleba may be sticky, as in Sphaerobolus stellatus; or it may be enclosed in a case (called a peridiole), as in the Nidulariaceae.

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Image of Phallus impudicus from Christian Gottfried Daniel Nees von Esenbeck (1816 - 1817) Das System der Pilze und Schwämme
Phallus impudicus
The stinky, slimy spore mass born on the head of stinkhorns is also called a gleba.


Image of Onygena equina from Christian Gottfried Daniel Nees von Esenbeck (1816 - 1817) Das System der Pilze und Schwämme
Onygena equina
A mazedium is a special kind of gleba found only in certain ascomycetes like Onygena equina. I'm not sure why it is so distinctive that it can't just be called a gleba; maybe the Basidiomycologists and the Ascomycologists weren't communicating very well when the term was coined.

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