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Unknown Lichen

Observed: 14th February 2013 By: Urban NatureUrban Nature’s reputation in Fungi and LichensUrban Nature’s reputation in Fungi and LichensUrban Nature’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

Initially I thought this a Ramalina sp. but having looked closely at it, I'm not so sure and can't seem to match it to anything in my book. Hope someone can help out, thanks. Found growing on an Oak branch.


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I did think Usnea but this

I did think Usnea but this was found in East Yorkshire where Usnea are mega rare I believe.

I did remove it from the branch and the base where it was attached to the branch was a black-ish colour.

Is it possible to narrow down to any species of Usnea?


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Unfortunately there are several Usnea species that have a 'blackened' holdfast and your specimen may require chemical testing to determine the species.

It may be worthwhile contacting the British Lichen Society to see if they have an expert in your area who could help.

Andy Keay

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With a blackened holdfast it could be Usnea subfloridana - U. cornuta can be similar but the base is un-blackened