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 Add this item to the list  103. Marasmius sarmentosus n. sp.
   
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Description:103. Marasmius sarmentosus, n. sp.
Pileo hemispherico subspadiceo primum umbonato dense sericeo, margine involuto demum expanso; stipite villo depresso vestito, demum glabrescente eximie sarmentoso.
On dead leaves, especially on their nerves, little sticks, &c., from thence spreading and attaching itself to every plant in its neighbourhood. Jamaica, Mr. Purdie.
At first appearing under the form of a little silky tubercle, varying in size according to the nature of the matrix; this soon acquires a stem, which is rapidly elongated, occasionally to the extent of several inches, and remains for some time perfectly simple; more frequently, however, it becomes attached to some neighbouring object by a little patch of white or reddish down, so that a mass of the plant, when gathered, presents quite a Flora of mosses, ferns, and dead or living phTnogams. It soon throws off, at right angles, short lateral branches, which are sometimes opposite, each terminated by a little pileus, in general, smaller than the primary pileus.
Pileus /2-1 line broad, at first subglobose from the margin, being strongly involute, tipped with a conical umbo, densely silky, bright-brown or tawny, at length expanded but still retaining some traces of the umbo. Stem thickest at the base, setiform varying greatly in length, sometimes eight or nine inches long, without branching, sometimes on the contrary, branched when scarcely exceeding an inch, clothed at first with pale more or less closely adpressed and generally
deflexed hairs, at length quite smooth and striated. The branches spring from the main stem, exactly in the same manner as the original stems from the nerves of the leaf. As all the pilei were more or less injured by insects, I am unfortunately unable to describe the gills.
This curious species is allied to Marasmius dispar and M. chordalis. The simple individuals resemble somewhat Ag. stipitarius. I suspect that, in the present instance, the greater or less branching of the stem is normal; but, as this is not certain, I have omitted it in the specific character. It must be a very beautiful and striking object when growing.
 
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