Branched lichen

Branched lichen

Observation - Branched lichen - UK and Ireland. Description: Fruticose lichen growing on north side of a low, about 50cm high, siliceous boulder amongst gorse on Dartmoor. Main branches of the overall bushy growth of the lichen are round with variegated chestnut colouring. Smaller branching structures sprout out a

Fruticose lichen growing on north side of a low, about 50cm high, siliceous boulder amongst gorse on Dartmoor. Main branches of the overall bushy growth of the lichen are round with variegated chestnut colouring. Smaller branching structures sprout out along and at the end of these main branches. The tips of these sprouting branches are paler often appearing whitish. Possibly Sphaerophorus globosus.