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Fruticose lichen

Observed: 30th October 2009 By: Barnmead
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Description:

Pale grey lichen with multiple flat branches narrowed towards the tip found on a stick in a wooded area.

Identifications

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Species interactions

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Comments

gardener's picture

Your photograph shows a

Your photograph shows a lichen that can be difficult to key out - though it looks fruticose it is actually classed as foliose!

Its not Ramalina farinacea but it does key using the fruticose section on your link.
As an aid to ID if you look at it again carefully you will notice that the lower surface is slightly whiter in colour than the upper .....

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Fruticose lichen

Oh dear - now I am really confused! The only other alternative that site seems to give is Evernia prunastri - but if correct, why under the fruticose section if it is not one?

Penny

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You're right with with

You're right with with Evernia prunastri.

This lichen is confusing because of the fruticose appearance (shrubby with strap-like lobes).
It's often included in the fruticose section of lichen keys as that is the first place someone would expect to find it.

(Confusion is just part of the process when learning to identify lichens so don't give up!)

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Fruticose lichen

Thanks for your help and encouragement. I have now realised I need to get a hand lens which will be useful in all sorts of situations.

Penny