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A truffle-like fungus characterised by the fruiting body having a gelatinous internal columella, minute anastomosing canals lined by spore-bearing cells and smooth, elliptical spores.
The three New Zealand species are all endemic, and ectomycorrhizal with beech and tea-tree.
because of the tendency for large schizogenous cavities to develop in the internal tissue, and the absence of an utricle (a loose outer covering) from the spores.
Partly buried in soil and litter. Some of the fruiting bodies cut open to show the brown internal tissue of highly distorted and compressed gills.