Bertia moriformis

The Coronophorales are an order of Ascomycota. The majority of the species are wood inhabitants. The fruiting bodies penetrate to or arise to the surface. On drying the fruit body often fall together. Many species possess in the cell walls of the fruit body Munk pores: small pores, which is each surrounded by a ring or thickening. They also have swelling body, a gelatinous mass of cells in the apical part of the fruit body. They may have a function when opening the fruiting body. While Munk pores also (rarely ) occur out of order, the source body are limited to the Coronophorales. Filamentous paraphyses absent. In most species the asci are thin-walled, and have no apical ring. The ascospores are translucent ( hyaline ), small and allantoid. Anamorphs are, if known, Hyphomycetes.


To order the following families are counted ( with selected genera and species ):

  • Bertiaceae with the single genus Bertia
  • Chaetosphaerella
  • Crassochaeta
  • Acanthonitschkea
  • Nitschkia