Irish lichens

Loxospora elatina

Order: Lecanorales       Family: Sarrameanaceae

Species: Loxospora elatina

Growth type crustose.
Photos: On Oak. Glengarriff, Co. Cork, SW Ireland.
Identified by John Douglass

Thin effuse thallus, smooth or slightly warted, whitish-grey or grey, often with distinct white prothallus. Abundant soft convex soralia, pale yellow, yellow-grey or bluish-green that can become confluent. Apothecia very rare, discs red-brown. (Photos left and bottom of page)

Found on shaded acid bark in established, damp woodlands, especially on Oak and Birch. An 'Old woodland indicator', most frequently found in the west of Ireland.
Thallus and soralia: K+ bright yellow, P+ yellow-orange, UV-

Similar: Mycoblastus caesius, K-, C-, KC-, P-, UV+ white


Loxospora elatina


Loxospora elatina


Loxospora elatina, fertile


Loxospora elatina, fertile
Loxospora elatina November 2009 and April 2010

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