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Foliose lichen

Observed: 2nd August 2009 By: andrewhodgsonandrewhodgson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensandrewhodgson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensandrewhodgson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
foliose lichen sp 5

On lower slopes of Ben Lawers


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    Likely ID
    Peltigera sp.
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


synan's picture


A Peltigera, but no idea which. It seems unusual; I can't see any rhizines on show, but there are some upright apothecia.


AlanS's picture

Large apothecia

This is one of the species with a pubescent upper surface - not obvious from the photograph as the material is damp, but the apothecia suggest this is P. rufescens or something in that group.

It actually looks like it could be P. ponojensis, a widespread northern boreal species, seemingly very rare in Britain but quite possible on Ben Lawers. Unfortunately, without a view of the underside, this has to remain speculation.

If it does happen to be P. ponojensis, consider me highly jealous. It is very high on my wanna-see list.

(wondering if I am still fit enough to get up Ben Lawers)

andrewhodgson's picture

Thank you

Hi Alan,

Thanks very much for the identifications for the lichens and fungi you've provided. I found the comments really interesting too. I love your website, by the way - really excellent images.
There's a real hotch-potch of mine here:
Give Ben Lawers a go - the western side route (not the shorter tourist track) is a low gradient all the way up, with plenty to see along the way.