Found on tree small compact grey feathery,very fine both sides the same colour stem rounded coral-like
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Both U. flammea and U. cornuta have un-blackened bases as shown in RH photograph, but the thin, lateral branches of Usnea flammea grow mainly from one side of the main branch, unlike those shown in the photo's above.
U. cornuta is a common species on trees but U. flammea is mainly found on coastal rocks on the western side of Britain and Ireland.
Usnea flammea photos - note lateral branches growing from one side of main stem in bottom photograph:
Did think of both but went for Flammea,it's all a learning curve,as I tend to focus on fungi but have a interest in lichen,s and there are so many were I live so will probably be making a few more wrong ID's and yes I did spell it wrong too,maybe it is getting late, and thanks for correcting it
I agree this is most likely Usnea cornuta, but both species are very variable, and the one-sided branching character Jenny uses will depend on the microhabitat I think. In my experience it is not apparent when U. flammea grows in sheltered woodland, which it can do.
The pages below illustrate samples of both species that were chemically tested (TLC) to confirm identifications.
Lat/Lng: 55.0546, -2.2272
OS grid ref: NY855733