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Fruticose lichen - lovely surprise!

Observed: 20th November 2011 By: samwisemoss
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
samwisemoss’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Fruticose lichen
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Description:
Identifications

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Species interactions

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Comments

AlanS's picture

Very odd

This is unusual for C. coniocraea in that the basal squamules are very deeply incised and look much more like the squamules of C. squamosa. That species, though, does not have sorediate podetia, which the one here clearly does. I think it is correctly named, but it is peculiar.

Alan

Above first posted 28 November 2011 - 9:55pm

Note added as edit:
In posting this I was aware that the squamules also matched C. ochrochlora but was put off by the heavy development of soredia. However, on further examination of the photographs I am satisfied that in all other characters the lichen fits C. ochrochlora well, and soredial development is a variable character and not outside the range of variation for this species. Hence my revision of the identification, now posted.

Alan

Misselbrook89's picture

I agree it is Cladonia

I agree it is Cladonia Concraea, it definitely has the characteristics and colours. Lovely find, really interesting photo.