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Observed: 31st May 2011 By: am29433
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete

This lichen was observed growing on an mature oak tree


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Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Observed this Fruiticose

Observed this Fruiticose Lichen growing on a mature Oak Tree in Dodd Wood, Cubria

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Just to clarify, Letharia vulpina is bright yellow and has never been found in Britain. It is a rare and special species of northern Scandinavia, though Siberia I imagine, and into Canada (also further south in the Alps I think - no books to hand).

It would be nice to think it could be in Britain, and perhaps it lurks somewhere in NE Scotland, but our oceanic climate is against it I think, and so distinctive a lichen is unlikely to have been overlooked here.

If anyone finds it, don't eat it. They may not remain alive to enjoy the fame and fortune that surely awaits the first discoverer of it in the UK.

N.B. Not to be confused with Teloschistes species, of which we have two, both very southern and protected by law.