Irish lichens

Nephroma laevigatum
Order: Peltigerales       Family: Nephromataceae

Species: Nephroma laevigatum

Growth type foliose.
Photos: On dead Hawthorn. The Burren, W Ireland.
BLS Burren meeting 2009

Large, shiny red-brown to grey-brown lobes, sometimes with small lobules on margins. Undersides whitish or buff, wrinkled. Chestnut-brown apothecia are usually present on the undersides of longer, recurved lobes. Medulla pale yellow. Soredia absent.

Occurs in old oceanic woodlands in the west of Ireland on mossy tree trunks, damp rocks and walls. 'Old forest' indicator species.
Medulla K+ purple

Similar: Nephroma parile. Medulla white. Sorediate.

Nephroma laevigatum

Nephroma laevigatum

Nephroma laevigatum
Nephroma laevigatum. BLS Burren meeting, April 2009

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