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Heath Navel

Observed: 9th September 2011 By: Mushroom LadyMushroom Lady’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMushroom Lady’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMushroom Lady’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMushroom Lady’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Heath Navel
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Description:
Identifications

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Comments

AlanS's picture

Good representation

As many will know, this is actually a lichen, one of the few in which the fungal partner is a toadstool. The rest of the lichen is the granular algal mat, in which the algal cells are held together in a fungal matrix.

The characters of the toadstool are well shown in Mushroom Lady's photos - the red-brown area at the top of the stem, and the stem itself matt and very minutely pubescent.

I am a bit doubtful about some published pictures, in which this species appears to be confused with non-lichenised Omphalina and Arrhenia species, so it is good to see this observation. It should serve as a reference for "good" Lichenomphalia umbellifera (formerly known as Omphalina ericetorum).

Alan

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Thanks Alan, I wasn't even

Thanks Alan,
I wasn't even certain of the ID.

Mushroom Lady