Irish lichens

Bunodophoron melanocarpum
Order: Lecanorales       Family: Sphaerophoraceae

Species: Bunodophoron melanocarpum

Growth type fruticose
Photos: Among moss on acidic rock. Inchigeela, Cork, SW Ireland.
Identification confirmed by Mike Simms

Smooth, solid branches to 4cm. Pale greyish-green with whiter lower surface. Main branches are +/- flattened with short flat branchlets. Rarely fertile, apothecia on lower surface of branchlets.

Sheltered sites, mainly in west of Ireland. Usually found among moss on siliceous rocks or in acidic woodland.
Medulla: K+ yellow, P+ orange, I-

Similar: Sphaerophorus fragilis and S. globosus


Bunodophoron melanocarpum


Bunodophoron melanocarpum


Bunodophoron melanocarpum       Bunodophoron melanocarpum
Bunodophoron melanocarpum on north-facing rock. Inchigeela area, Co.Cork. January 2009

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