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Parmelia sulcata?

Observed: 11th December 2012 By: jakermanjakerman’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensjakerman’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
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Description:

Found on fallen oak twig. Looks like it might have been colonised by an alga? The margins are dark brown to black in places, like the edges of burnt paper - is this normal?

Identifications

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

gardener's picture

It looks very sick! The black

It looks very sick!
The black area visible in the centre of the first image at full resolution might be Homostegia piggotii:
http://www.lichens.lastdragon.org/lichenicolous/Homostegia_piggotii.html

jakerman's picture

Thanks

It's incredible how many interactions there can be on a single twig! A lot of the lichens I've come across have various other things growing on them, which makes them harder to identify for a beginner like myself! I'm gradually starting to recognise when a sample has been colonised.