Urban Nature's picture

Lichen sp.

Observed: 23rd November 2012 By: Urban NatureUrban Nature’s reputation in Fungi and LichensUrban Nature’s reputation in Fungi and LichensUrban Nature’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

Not certain if these are both indeed what I am suggesting so any comments will be great, thanks. Found on a decid tree branch.


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synan's picture

I would say...

the first photo shows Ramalina farinacea - becoming pendant, with a smooth cortex and just-visible, discrete, rounded soralia. The second photo is Evernia prunastri. It's not always easy to tell the two species apart.


Urban Nature's picture

Thanks Nigel........

I did think that the first photo might be a Ramalina sp but as I'm just a beginner, I wasn't sure how best to separate them in the field.

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In the field...

check the colour of the upper and lower surfaces. They are the same in the Ramalina, which has a continuous cortex, but different in E. prunastri - green above and white below, just like in your photo. Technically, this makes E. prunastri foliose, not fruticose.