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"This grouping comprises species that have, in maturity, coarsely reticulate ascospores with multiple blunt spines that originate from the reticulum. " - tried to figure out "reticulate" and "reticulum" - to do with a network?
Yes, I glossed a definition. Sasata (talk) 16:33, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
"In 1969, Erich Heinz Benedix believed this characteristic sufficiently unique to be worthy of designation as a separate genus" - referring to the reticulum?
Correct, clarified. Sasata (talk) 16:33, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
"and advocated the abandonment of the specific epithet caroliniana" - but apparently this was not accepted? - unsuccessfully advocated?
I'd prefer not to add that, as it's not in any source; although the epithet is still in use, this publication is fairly recent (2009), and sometimes things move slowly in mycological taxonomy. 16:33, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
"Common habitats include near stumps" - in the vicinity of stumps?
Yes, but isn't "near" more succinct than "in the vicinity of"? Sasata (talk) 16:33, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
One dead link marked. - no. 28
It worked for me just now. Sasata (talk) 16:33, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
Wonderful photos, except for the last one that isn't very clear.
I agree, the mushrooms are somewhat obscured by the background, but it's an informative habitat shot: these mushrooms fruit in spring when most of the ground is covered with dead brown leaves and green plants are just beginning to sprout (i.e., they're often difficult to see in reality!). Sasata (talk) 16:33, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
I made some small edits that you're free to change.
Interesting article but I do think "reticulum" needs explanation. Also, what's the difference between a true morel and a false morel?
A true morel is one in the genus Morchella; false morels are those that roughly resemble them and have similar culinary properties, but are in other genera. False morel is linked in the lead. Sasata (talk) 16:33, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for taking on this review, Mathew. Sasata (talk) 16:33, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
But where on the fungus is the reticulum? (Don't want to harp on this but it confuses me.) MathewTownsend (talk) 17:32, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
Not on the mushroom, but on the spores: "... coarsely reticulate ascospores (i.e., with a network of ridges on the surface)". Please reword if you can make it more clear. Sasata (talk) 18:06, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
ok, revert my addition if it's not right. MathewTownsend (talk) 18:23, 5 November 2012 (UTC)