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Description type:Original description 
Description:Ramaria verlotensis sp. nov. (Pl.VIII Fig. 47)
Basidiocarpia terrestria 9 cm alta 10 cm lata, basi alba, prope terram dilute lutes, ramis pallide aurantiacis apicibus concoloribus vel ad apices dilute luteis, contextu ramorum concolori; stipes simplex 1.5 x 2.5 cm, usque ad 5-plo e basi sursum ramificans, ramis inferls vulgo connatis, apicibus plurinodulosis. Consistentia carnis firme gelatinosa in siccitate dura. Sporae 9-11 x 4.5-6 µm, numero medio 10.1 x 4.9 µm, verrucosae. Basidia 70-85 x 10-12 µm basi fibulis destituta. Hyphae contexti 4-15 µm crassae, fibulis destitutae, tenuitunicatae, in stipite gelatinantes; hyphae gloeoplerae graciles (3 µm crassae) et haud bulbosae, vel latae (4-5 µm crassae) et bulbosae; stipes crystalla aggregata continens.
Holotypus M-847 ad Verlot prope montem Pilchuck in comitato Snohomish page washingtoniaci 11/4/67 lectus, in herbario SUCO conservatus.
Basidiocarp: Habitat: terrestrial. Color: underground portion of the fresh fruiting body white, "light yellow" near emergence from the substratum, branches "pale orange" (6A3) and the apices concolorous or tipped with "light yellow" (4A3), the context of the stipe white-marbled, concolorous in the branches. Dried specimens "reddish brown" (8E,F8) in the stipe, grayer than "yellowish white" (2A2) in the branches, the context of the stipe "reddish brown" (8E,F8), "grayish orange" (685) in the branches. Taste: not distinctive. Odor: slightly fabaceous. Form: basidiocarps of medium height., compact and very broad, 9 x 10 cm. Stipe single, small 1.5 x 2,5 cm; numerous branch systems arising from the base, these subdivided into 4-5 ranks, the lower part of branch systems massive, spreading, and with longitudinal furrows indicating extensive lateral connation of the component branches, branching mostly polycfhotomous,.axils mostly acute or obtuse in upper nodes, the fused lower internodes elongated, the terminal two ranks of branches commonly free, short, and divaricate, crested-multifid or forked near apices; apices nodulose or broadly rounded. Consistency: firmly gelatinous when fresh, drying hard.
Macrochemical Reactions: Context of the stipe non-amyloid; no significant color reactions occurring within 30 min of application to branch sections of pyrogallol, a-napthol, guaiac, guaiacol, phenol and aniline.
Microscopic structures: Spores: average 10.1 x 4.9 µm, range 9-11 x 4.5-6 µm, subcylindrical to ellipsoidal, ornamented with cyanophilous, lobed warts of some prominence. Hymenium: basidia clavate 70-85 x 10-12 µm, without basal clamps, 4 sterigmate; sterigmata 5-6 µm long, hymenium about 60 µm thick, the subhymenium 80-100 µm thick. Subhymenial hyphae: interwoven, 3-4 µm diam, without clamps, thin-walled. Contextual hyphae: parallel near the surface to mostly interwoven in the stipe, subparallel in the branches, gelatinous matrix clearly evident in the stipe, much less evident in the branches, hyphae non-inflated to moderately inflated in the branches, 4-15 µm diam, mostly thin-walled, 0.25-(1.5 µm), walls smooth to fluted, ampulliform inflations near septa 10-12 µm diam, walls of the swellings moderately ornamented, crystalloid masses occurring in the stipe context; clamps absent; gleoplerous hyphae present, some slender and non-bulbous, 3 µm diam, others wider, 4-5 µm diam, with localized bulbous regions of 6-9 µm diam, both types present in the same context.
Discussion: Ramaria verlotensis is unique among other Ramarias collected in western Washington by its possession of the following combination of characters: Ma broad, cauliflower-like, pale yellowish-pink fruiting body, (2) frequent connation of lower branches, and branches with rounded or nodulose-crested apices, (3) long basidia, 70-85 µm, (4) prominently warted spores, averaging 10.1 x 4.9 µm, and (5) clampless, gelatinizing, thin-walled hyphae. A comparison of this description of R. verlotensis with descriptions of R. ochraceo-salmonicolor (Clel.) Corner given by Cleland (1931), Fawcett (19391, Corner (1950, 19661, and Petersen (1969) reveal certain similarities and differences. Our material is not given the latter epithet because it differs from R. ochraceo-salmonicolor in having; (1) fructifications slightly more pink in color and,less form, C21 spores more prominently ornamented, C3) crystalloid masses, in the context of the stipe, C4) ampulliform inflations near septa with ornamented walls, and C51 a thickening suhhymenium.
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