Irish lichens

Opegrapha vermicellifera

Order: Arthoniales       Family: Roccellaceae

Species: Opegrapha vermicellifera

Growth type crustose.
Photos: Under dead branch of Cork Oak. Ardnagashel, Co. Cork, SW Ireland. Identified by Andy Acton

Smooth, light to medium-grey thallus that can form large patches. Usually sterile with small, prominent pycnidia with white or pale grey pruina. Pycnidia semi-immersed when young, chestnut brown with pale ostiole. When fertile lirellae 0.6 to 1.2mm, slender, exciple sometimes furrowed or pruinose.

Scarce in Ireland in shaded, dry recesses of basic-barked trees, rarely found on rock. Chemical reactions and UV negative.

Similar: Lecanactis abietina, pycnidial pruina C+ red


Opegrapha vermicellifera


Opegrapha vermicellifera


Opegrapha vermicellifera
Opegrapha vermicellifera March 2010

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