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Added: 13th October 2011 Description:
Fruticose Lichen found on a fallen branch of an oak tree.
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Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be. Notes: Ah, Framwellgate Moor, a reminder of my student times (an eon ago). Anyhow, certainly an Usnea and indeed fruticose, but Usnea is a very difficult genus, identification depending on minute characters, not visible in the photograph. It is not, I am pretty sure, U. flammea, either on appearance or geography. It is a pronouncedly western species and while there are records from N.E. England I suspect they are errors - I note that Gordon Graham, a careful lichenologist, didn't record the species in his Flora of Durham. Most likely it is U. subfloridana, scarce when the Flora of Durham was written, but no doubt much more common now as sulphur dioxide levels in the atmosphere have dropped.
No interactions present.
Other observations of
a Beard Lichen ( Usnea sp.)