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Foliose lichen

Observed: 29th March 2013 By: Paul RobertsPaul Roberts’s reputation in Fungi and LichensPaul Roberts’s reputation in Fungi and LichensPaul Roberts’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

Arrived at R. farinacea as is very filamentous with few other visible structures, but still very new to this and not really sure how to distinguish. Unclear on common name. Very grateful for any clues.


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Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Possible Feature

When I looked at the original image of the right hand picture there were small roundish patches (soralia) of powdery soredia on the sides of some of the branches. The bark of the edge of the trunk is visible in a gap in the lichen branches near the top of the image and there are some soralia in focus here on lichen branches when the original image is magnified.

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Thanks pf339, very helpful, cheers, Paul

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Common names

The overwhelming majority of lichens don't have common names, so iSpot's 'Get recommended' function doesn't usually offer a suggestion. A few lichens (eg Xanthoria parietina) have a bewildering array of 'common' names. It's almost essential to abandon any attachment to such names when studying lichens.