Irish lichens

Xanthoria candelaria

Order: Teloschistales       Family: Teloschistaceae

Species: Polycauliona candelaria (Xanthoria candelaria)

Growth type foliose / subfruticose. Confirmed by John Douglass
Photos: On urban trees. Macroom, Co. Cork, SW Ireland.

Thallus forms small compact, +/- erect clusters, lobes orange or yellow-orange, occasionally greyish-green, rhizines usually absent. Marginal finely-granular, blastidiate soralia extending to under surface. Orange apothecia occasional, apical, margins contorted.

Most frequently recorded from eastern side of Ireland. Occurs on nutrient-enriched tops of fence posts and gravestones, also found on bark, walls and rocks. K+ crimson / purple

Similar: Candelaria concolor is K-

Xanthoria candelaria

Xanthoria candelaria

Xanthoria candelaria
Xanthoria candelaria October 2009 and May 2010

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