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Filamentous lichen on chair

Observed: 21st August 2012 By: Nick UptonNick Upton’s reputation in Fungi and LichensNick Upton’s reputation in Fungi and LichensNick Upton’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Filamentous lichen

One of many lichens on an old garden chair. A Ramalina sp. maybe??


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Thanks for the species suggestion. That's the best view of that particular tuft I have, though I posted some other more obvious Usnea images separately.

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Distinctive species

E. esperantiana is a species that is more readily identified from photographs than most. It is a Cornish and Devonian speciality.


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Thanks David; I guessed there might be some SW specials in amongst this lot. I was in the area to photograph seashore life and many of the seaweeds and rockpool creatures I found are unique to that warm SW corner.

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At the moment of writing, you have a Jenny, a Nigel, a Graham and an Alan, but I think the observation is David-less?

Real reason for posting, a pedantic, technical point. 'Filamentous' is, in lichenology, a thallus growth-form, like the more commonly used crustose, foliose, fruticose, etc. Usnea is fruticose.

So I wouldn't have used "filamentous lichen" in a title, though I realise that you were using 'filamentous' in a non-jargon, plain English language context.

In any case, good to see a photograph of this very local species.

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dunno where David came from... and yes, I was being purely descriptive... but thanks - Alan... - for the pointers on the correct terminology.

Nick Upton, naturalist and photographer.