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Usnea articulata

Observed: 15th April 2012 By: nmpf2
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
P4150053
Description:
Identifications

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Comments

synan's picture

Hmm

It doesn't appear to have the constrictions of U. articulata. The pale rings encircling the main branches draw me towards Usnea flammea, but the apparently blackened holdfast is putting me off.

Nigel

nmpf2's picture

A very helpful point, thank

A very helpful point, thank you. I shall return to the site in a few days and endeavour to take some more photos to assist in identification.

synan's picture

Usnea articulata

You may well be right with U. articulata. I don't know the genus well enough. I think an expert would be able to name the species from this photo alone.

Nigel

gardener's picture

Its not Usnea articulata as

Its not Usnea articulata as that is really distinctive, but I shy away from Usnea's in the field, let alone from photographs!

Usnea articulata:
http://www.irishlichens.ie/pages-lichen/l-404.html

synan's picture

Usnea spp.

I want to get to grips with them, but every one I find lately seems to be U. subfloridana, which doesn't help. I wish I lived somewhere with a richer diversity.

Nigel

AlanS's picture

Sure?

"I wish I lived somewhere with a richer diversity.".

Take a holiday in Devon/Cornwall/Pembrokeshire, and you will soon realise the advantages of living in an area with only U. subfloridana. :-)

Alan

synan's picture

Probably

If ignorance is bliss, I wish I could revert back to the belief that lichen is crusty, boring stuff, but it's too late now.

If I do get away this year, it will probably be the Lleyn Peninsula, puzzling over the coastal species and looking for Teloschistes flavicans and Heterodermia leucomela, and wondering if I will ever be able to distinguish Alan Orange's new Hydropunctaria spp.

Nigel