Irish lichens

Toninia aromatica
Family: Ramalinaceae

Species: Toniniopsis aromatica (Toninia aromatica)

Growth type squamulose. BLS Burren meeting 2009
Photos: In limestone crack. Black Head, the Burren, W Ireland.

Thallus greyish, tinged brown or green. Rounded warted squamules with pale spots or ridges near centre. Numerous black compressed apothecia, often faintly pruinose. Asci 8-spored, spores 3-septate, 12-23 x 3-6 Ám. Paraphyses have swollen, pigmented apical cells. Microscope photos below.

Fairly common throughout Ireland on soft calcareous rocks and lime mortar. Epithecium green, K-.

Similar: T. sedifolia. Thallus white or glaucous-pruinose. Epithecium greyish, K+ violet. Spores 1-septate.


Toninia aromatica

Toninia aromatica

Microscope photographs
Toninia aromatica, microscope photo

Toninia aromatica, microscope photo
Toninia aromatica. April 2009 and January 2012

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