The typical skinny Sistotrema sterigmata were the first flag to be waved under the microscope. There being 6 of them certainly helps ease the keying.
Since I ran it under the lens without spore printing I had to seek out some spores to see if I could do without spore printing and fortunately was able to find a few here and there. No cystidia rules out a large number of species anyway.
It was comforting to find in Bernicchia that the species had been noted on an Erica sp. (hence Calluna note!). This isn't unique in the Sistotrema listed in that book, but it is reassuring nonetheless.
The species has scattered records and a good few in Scotland, though I can't remember seeing any listed as being from heather
|Dead heather stem|
|Pretty athelioid structure|
|More matted back at home|
|Typical Sistotrema basidium|
|Some spores in the mix|