|Mitosporic fungus. Hyphomycetes. Teleomorph (sexual state): Leptosphaerulina (Ascomycete).|
|Distribution||Where Found||Mode of Dissemination|
Approx. 15 species.
|Common on dead leaves of more than 50 different plants, especially leaf fodders. Soil, grasses.||Dry spore.
|Allergen||Potential Opportunist or Pathogen||Potential Toxin Production|
|Not studied.||No reports of infections.||Sporidesmin.|
|Growth Indoors||Industrial Uses||Other Comments|
|Rarely found growing indoors.
Can grow on paper.
|Not known.||Pithomyces chartarum is one of the causes of facial eczema in sheep in New Zealand.|
|Characteristics: Growth/Culture||Notes on Spore Trap Recognition||Notes on Tape Lift Recognition|
|Grows readily on general fungal media; sporulation may be slow, and may require a "light/dark cycle." Colonies are shades of tan to brown.||Distinctive multicelled, brown conidia of Pithomyces chartarum are recognizable on spore trap slides. Other species are common but more difficult.||Distinctive.
Rarely found on tape lifts.
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