Irish lichens

Ephebe lanata
Order: Lichinales       Family: Lichinaceae

Species: Ephebe lanata

Growth type filamentous.
Photos: On acidic upland rock. Ballingeary, Cork, SW Ireland.

Soft dark-green or black thallus, slightly branched and with much-divided filaments tapering to points. Mat-forming growth. Small, globose apothecia develop from the pycnidia but are rarely formed in Britain and Ireland. Asci are 8-spored, spores 0-1 septate, 11-18 x 3.5-6 Ám. Micrograph of thallus structure below.

On damp or aquatic rocks in acidic upland areas and in seepage tracks on siliceous rocks and boulders. Chemical reactions negative.

Similar: Ephebe hispidula and Cystocoleus ebeneus


Ephebe lanata

Ephebe lanata

Ephebe lanata

Microscope photograph
Ephebe lanata
Ephebe lanata. February and August 2009

Please contact me if you find errors. All images used are copyright.