Irish lichens

Micarea peliocarpa

Order: Lecanorales       Family: Micareaceae

Species: Micarea peliocarpa

Growth type crustose, granular.
Photos: Co. Cork, SW Ireland.
Specimens identified by John Douglass

Very variable. Thallus immersed or of small, grey or greenish-grey, convex or sub-globose granules. Apothecia variable, white, blue-grey or black. When on wood or bark pycnidia can be frequent. Spores (1-)3(-5 septate, (11-)15-23 x 3-5(-6) Ám.
Microscope photograph below.
Thallus, apothecia and pycnidia: K-, C +/- red, P-

Found on acidic substrates, rocks, bark and heather stems. Usually occurs in upland areas, to 500m.

Similar: Micarea lignaria


Micarea peliocarpa


Micarea peliocarpa


Micarea peliocarpa

Microscope photograph
Micarea peliocarpa
Micarea peliocarpa. October 2009 and April 2012

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