Elaphocordyceps valliformis (Mains) G.H. Sung, J.M. Sung & Spatafora

Taxonomy
Authority: 
(Mains) G.H. Sung, J.M. Sung & Spatafora
Citation: 
Studies in Mycology 57: 38.
Classification: 
Elaphocordyceps, Ophiocordycipitaceae, Hypocreales, Hypocreomycetidae, Sordariomycetes, Pezizomycotina, Ascomycota, Fungi
Type Locality: 
Highlands, North Carolina, USA
Morphology
Stroma: 

Stromata capitate, 50-70 mm in height, arrising from fruiting body of Elaphomyces species.  Fertile area spherical to ovoid, 3-15 x 3-12 mm, dark brown, distinctly separated from stipe.  Stipe 1-5 mm thick, dark brown, smooth or scrufy. 

Perithecia: 

Perithecia ovoid, 500-700 x 200-350 um, completely immersed. 

Asci: 

Asci cylindrical, 230-460 x 6-8 um, with a hemispherical thickening of ascus wall at the apex.

Ascospores: 

Ascospores hyaline, filiform, disarticulating into partspores.  Partspores 3-8 x 2 um.

Ecology
Host or Substrate: 

On the members of a truffle genus Elaphomyces (Eurotiales, Eurotiomycetes, Pezizomycotina, Ascomycota).

Known Distribution: 
Canada, United States of America
Notes
Commentary: 

Specimens were originally collected growing on Elaphomcyes cervinus.

References
Page Author: 
Alisha Owensby