Irish lichens

Ephebe lanata
Order: Lichinales       Family: Lichinaceae

Species: Ephebe lanata

Growth type filamentous.
Photos: On acidic upland rock. Ballingeary, Cork, SW Ireland.

Soft dark-green or black thallus, slightly branched and with much-divided filaments tapering to points. Mat-forming growth. Groups of small, globose apothecia, rarely formed in Britain and Ireland.
Ascus is 8-spored, spores simple to 1-septate, 11-18 x 3.5-6 Ám. Microscope photograph of thallus below.

On damp or aquatic rocks in acidic upland areas and in seepage tracks on siliceous rocks and boulders. Chemical reactions negative.


Ephebe lanata


Ephebe lanata


Ephebe lanata

Microscope photograph
Ephebe lanata, microscope photo
Ephebe lanata. February and August 2009

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