Robert Stephen Jon Smith's picture

Lichen sp.

Observed: 1st January 1980 By: Robert Stephen ...
Lichen sp.

A group on my to do list! If anybody has any links to useful identification websites for British Lichens I'd very much like to hear.


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Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

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Ginny B's picture

It might be this

I'm not sufficiently knowledgeable to be certain of this identification, but it looks very like the one I found also growing on an oak back at the end of September last year.

Have a look at this excellent site where I always check my discoveries first:

Robert Stephen Jon Smith's picture

Lecanora chlarotera

Thank you Ginny B.

Lecanora chlarotera does look and sound spot on but it also sounds like the identification can not be certain until examination under a microscope?

Also, many thanks for the link the site looks great!

All the best,


EDIT: Apologies for the date at the top of the page, not sure what I've done, quite impressive really if true as I wasn't born until August '93! lol :P

Ginny B's picture

Two more sites for you to look at

From what I have recently read here it does seem to be one of those trickier lichens to identify. I haven't got a microscope yet (although it is on my wish list) hence no offer of a more definite identification.

Two more sites I've found helpful are these: and especially when something I've found doesn't quite fit the first description and pictures.

Ginny B