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Xanthoria polycarpa

Observed: 28th January 2012 By: RefugeeRefugee’s reputation in Fungi and LichensRefugee’s reputation in Fungi and LichensRefugee’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Xanthoria polycarpa
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Description:

Folious Licheon growing on Hazel close to a picnic area.
The iSpot key gets to it pretty quickly.

Identifications

Caution: Do NOT use iSpot to identify fungi to eat!

Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Orange Lichen (Xanthoria parietina) interacts

Comments

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My ID

I went for the the color from the Key and looked at both for my ID. The rest of it was pretty equal.
The images do match the color i could see with my own eyes even though i only have a £99 camera.

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Key

I have tried the key out of interest. You need to compare the marginal lobes to be certain. Notice that they are finely divided into finger-like lobules (mini-lobes) in the image shown of X. polycarpa.

Colour isn't always reliable, because it can vary between yellow, orange, green (when very wet) and grey (when shaded).

The images used in the key are just examples. Lichens can be horrifically variable!

Hope that helps,

Nigel

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Dry?

It was fairly dry but it had been cold and sunny. I can't be sure it got any sun as there is a hill to the south of it.

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