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Caloplaca - possibly aurantia ?

Observed: 19th May 2012 By: Ginny B
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Caloplaca - possibly aurantia
Description:

On a rock (perhaps grey granite) on the beach that would frequently be washed over at high tide.

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.

Comments

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Caloplaca thallincola

Thank you Gardener.

I'm struggling with identifying rock types as well as lichens! What are 'basic' rocks and what are 'siliceous' rocks, please?

Ginny

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PH levels

Basic rocks are those with a relatively high PH level and contain calcium or magesium carbonate - limestone, chalk, mortar, cement etc.

Siliceous rocks are more acidic - granite, slate, many sandstones etc.

You can check using lemon juice as basic rocks will 'fizz' slightly, though you might need a hand lens to see the bubbles.

Acidic or basic also applies to trees, conifers being the most acidic, willow, maples, apple the most basic-barked.
Nothing is ever simple though as bark (and rock) PH levels can be affected pollution, run-off etc

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PH levels

Very many thanks Jenny. Your explanation makes a lot more sense to me now.

I can see I'm going to have to carry a little bottle of lemon juice around with me so that I can try to see some fizzing! Some of my friends already see me as an eccentric so I might as well play up to it!!

I hadn't really realised just how complex lichen identification was going to be. But then that is half the fun and challenge of embarking on Neighbourhood Nature.

Ginny