Species: Teloschistes chrysophthalmus
Photos: On well-lit Hawthorn twig. County Cork, SW Ireland.
Thallus forms small, compact tufts. Flattened, radiating, irregularly branched lobes, upper surface yellow-orange, lower surface greyish. Soralia absent. Usually abundantly fertile, the bright orange discs are surrounded by conspicuous, eye-lash like fibrils. The asci are 8-spored, spores polarilocular, 10-15 x 5-8 Ám. Micro photos below, showing the granular epithecium and trebouxioid photobiont.
A mediterranean species found on sheltered, nutrient-rich, well-lit twigs. Very rare, recently rediscovered in Ireland in Co. Cork.
Similar: Teloschistes flavicans