Characterized by whorls of phialides produced along the length of undifferentiated filaments or on conidiophores. The colourless to brightly coloured 1- or 2-celled spores (conidia) collect in small wet masses. Common in soil and decaying plant matter; also causing plant disease. Some species, such as V. lecanii in the above photos, are parasites on other fungi.
Classification: Plectosphaerellaceae (Sordariomycetidae). Holomorphs: According to Seifert et al. (2011) no holomorphs have been identified with Verticillium in a more strictly defined sense. However, as more broadly and, as here, more commonly defined Verticillium-like anamorphs are known in Cordyceps, Nectria, Torrubiella, and perhaps other genera of the Hypocreomycetidae. Ref: Gams 1971