adambates's picture

Weird liverwort(?)

Observed: 27th January 2010 By: adambates
OPAL Community Scientist
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Description:

There are large patches of what I assume is a liverwort on platform 2 of Lichfield Trent Valley railway station (around the direction sign for Glasgow). It seems to have bizarre looking 'hooded' fruiting bodies (?).

Identifications

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Species interactions

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Comments

gardener's picture

As Mike suggests in his

As Mike suggests in his identification its a lichen rather than a liverwort - a Peltigera sp.

Jonathan's picture

I saw a species of Peltigera

I saw a species of Peltigera and like you was fazed by it - it looks so unusual. You can see my observation at: http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/35

Mine turned out to be P.didactyla, thanks to patlichens for the ID. Yours looks a bit different to mine, so I am not suggesting it is the same species.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

adambates's picture

Thanks

Thanks. I would never have looked at it and in a million years thought lichen! It doesn't really look like a liverwort either, but that was my best guess. These dog lichens must grow at an incredible rate to be able to happily compete with grasses, mosses and forbs!?

OPAL West Midlands web page: http://www.opalwestmidlands.org/

miked's picture

Observation moved from ‘other

Observation moved from ‘other organisms' section to one of the other areas where it fits in better and people interested in this group of organisms can find it more easily. Other organisms group is only for things that do not fit in any of the other sections, for example bacteria, viruses, slime moulds or things that you have no idea which group to put them in.