National Geographic : 1926 Apr
© National Geographic Society Painting from life by William Crowder WONDROUSLY WROUGHT DETAILS DISTINGUISH THESE ORNATE STRUCTURES The spherical sporangia on slender stalks are like tiny baskets, the ribs and stays of which are represented byalatticelike wall of strange diametric design. The spores, a rich cinnamon brown oftentimes reddish in color, at firstfillthelittle baskets tocapacity, but eventually they make their escape through openings in the wall. At every slightest breath of airthe baskets sway and jostle, strewing their burdens, pepper-box fashion, in all directions. This is Dictydium cancellatum, magnified 40diameters.