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Lichen on Hawthorn

Observed: 17th February 2012 By: cmp379
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
Lichen on Hawthorn
Description:

Orange and grey, cup like structures, growing on Hawthorn twigs

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

cmp379's picture

Thanks

Thank you Chrisbrooks. I am more likely to remember 'Golden Shield Lichen' than 'Xanthoria parietina'!!

lac557's picture

Sywell

Was this in the village playing field by any chance? I was there myself today & saw an abundance of this.

cmp379's picture

Sywell

It was taken in Church Lane I suspect it's fairly widespread!

AlanS's picture

It's getting to be common everywhere

It tolerates ammonia and nitrates in the atmosphere (car exhausts, agrochemical drift) and it is ousting all our more interesting species. It is a weed.

It has several common names, Sunburst Lichen, Leafy Xanthoria, Golden Shield Lichen, and indeed (shuddering), Common Orange Lichen. Someone really put a lot of imagination into that one.

Also, increasingly, "________ Xanthoria again".

Alan

cmp379's picture

Thanks

Thank you Alan for all the information. Being very new to lichen hunting (in spite of lichens being on my doorsteps literally) I had thought it to be interesting (quite pretty!!!) and unusual but now I know it is a pain (ousting other more interesting species) I shall look into this, build my knowledge.
Thanks
Chris