synan's picture

Aspicilia contorta ?

Observed: 18th November 2012 By: synansynan is knowledgeable about Fungi and Lichenssynan’s earned reputation in Fungi and Lichenssynan’s earned reputation in Fungi and Lichenssynan’s earned reputation in Fungi and Lichenssynan’s earned reputation in Fungi and Lichenssynan’s earned reputation in Fungi and Lichens
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Description:

The seemingly pruinose squamules have had me considering A. moenium, but I now think a young or not very fertile A. contorta is more likely, the black stuff being a mat of dirt, algae or cyanobacteria rather than soredia. If anyone can confirm the common species, it will save me having to revisit for a sample. Thanks!
I think it was a concrete pipe.

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Comments

AlanS's picture

Unusual situation

On balance I agree, but it is an odd form of it. Just one or two apothecia looking more typical.

Alan

synan's picture

Thank you...

for taking a look. It's reassuring that you also consider it a bit odd. I'll examine it more carefully if I visit the area again.

Nigel