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Lichen on branch (Evernia prunastri)

Observed: 22nd January 2010 By: Graeme
The Anton River Conservation Association
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Lichen 22.01.10 LloydsTsb car park, Andover
Lichen 22.01.10 LloydsTsb car park, Andover.2
Description:

Lichen found growing on branch in car park

Identifications

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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I don't know if you've tried

I don't know if you've tried IDing any lichens but the Natural History Museum has an online key to lichens on twigs and branches you might be interested in:

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/jdsml/nature-online/lichen-id-guide/help.dsml

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I have never id'd a Lichen in

I have never id'd a Lichen in my life, hence my non-attempt, but I will try and look at that site, thanks very much!

Graeme Davis

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Good luck with your first try

Good luck with your first try (and as a clue this lichen usually has a paler colour on the under side of the lobes)

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ID

I guess my first attempt didn't go so well. It kept saying sorry no records, opps. I'm sure I am doing something wrong.What type of reproduction does it have? I can't see any visible in my pics.

Having a guessed go at reproduction I got Evernia Prunashi,however looking at other peole pics it could be Ramalina farinacea?

That's a very good site mind you

Graeme Davis

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Hi Graeme, The 'sorry, no

Hi Graeme,
The 'sorry, no records' could be a glitch to do with the site, not you doing anything wrong.

"Having a guessed go at reproduction" - can be very misleading when trying to key out lichens!
The good thing about the Natural History Museum key is that you only need to check boxes for details you're sure of for it to give you links to possible species.

Evernia prunastri and Ramalina farinacea are very similar but usually Evernia has a paler, whitish lower surface. Ramalina farinacea has lobes the same colour on both sides.

Your photo is of Evernia prunastri.
(As it has a +/- distinct upper and lower surface it's classed as 'foliose' rather than 'fruticose'.)

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Thanks

Thank you for your help in identifiying this Lichen. It has been very informative

Graeme Davis