Tasmanian Hymenogastraceae

Rodway, Leonard 1923 , 'Tasmanian Hymenogastraceae' , Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 151-161 .

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In the year 1911 I had the honour of reading to the
Society a paper of a similar title. Since then, there have
arisen reasons for additions and alterations. Our list of
these forms is now so large that there appears little prospect
that new species will come to light, wherefore the present
appears to be a suitable time to revise the family.
The Hymenogasters are small underground tubers which
produce their spores on basidia, generally 2, sometimes 4 on
each basidium. The characteristic of the family is that the
gleba does not break down into a mass of spores and fibres
as in allied tubers, such as Mesophellia, Scleroderma, Diploderma,
Lycoperdon, and Geaster, but remains as a series of
contorted tubes or spaces without change at maturity, till
broken up by decay or eaten by an animal. The genus Secotium,
however, is intermediate between the Hymenogasters
and the Agarics. Formed underground it tends to emerge at
maturity, and has a more or less developed sterile portion,
often piercing through the gleba to the apex, and the tramal
plates approach the appearance of distorted gills. Some
plants may equally well be placed in one group or the other

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Rodway, Leonard
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

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