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Unidentified lichen

Observed: 13th February 2009 By: bobthebirderbobthebirder’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensbobthebirder’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensbobthebirder’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

A fruticose lichen growing abundantly on Oak


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Unidentified lichen

Can anyone help me with identifying this common (?) lichen photographed in a Dorset wood last Feb?

Bob Ford

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Unidentified lichen - a Ramalina?

Hi Bob, I think the lichen in this picture is a Ramalina. I cannot be sure of the species I am afraid, but I would guess it is most likely to be be R. fastigiata. This species is characterised by many short branches which end in several fruits (as seen beautifully in the picture). The other common Ramalina found on twigs is R. farinacea. However, this species lacks fruits. I do not believe it is Evernia prunasti which has grey/green upper thallus surfaces and is white below. I hope this is of some help to you!

Erika Hogan
British Lichen Society Information Officer