Orange and grey, cup like structures, growing on Hawthorn twigs
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Thank you Chrisbrooks. I am more likely to remember 'Golden Shield Lichen' than 'Xanthoria parietina'!!
Was this in the village playing field by any chance? I was there myself today & saw an abundance of this.
It was taken in Church Lane I suspect it's fairly widespread!
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".
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.
Lat/Lng: 52.2948, -0.7967
OS grid ref: SP821669
Hedgerow, edge of fields, in village