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Grey fruticose lichen

Observed: 3rd September 2011 By: ve.emery
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Small (mostly less than 1cm), grey, bushy lichen growing on all aspects of young elder tree branches, which can sunny, dappled and very shaded. The 'branches' of the lichen are flat (like straps), not rounded.


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  • Fruticose lichen (Ramalina canari)
    Confidence: It might be this.
    Likely ID
    Physcia leptalea
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


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There is a good glossary which explains some of the terms commonly used in lichenology (and in Alan's ID notes above) at

Sarah West
OPAL Community Scientist
Yorkshire and Humber