from The Century Dictionary.

  • A family of myxomycetous fungi, belonging, according to the classification of Rostafinski, to the order Amaurochæteæ, which has a single sporangium or æthalium, without the peculiar deposits of lime carbonate that characterize the fructification of other orders, and the spores, capillitium, and columella usually uniformly black, or rarely brownish-violet.


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