Irish lichens

Megalospora tuberculosa

Order: Lecanorales       Family: Megalosporaceae

Species: Megalospora tuberculosa

Growth type crustose.
Photos: Glengarriff woods, Co. Cork, SW Ireland.
Identification confirmed by John Douglass

Soft, powdery-granular yellowish or pale grey-green thallus. Prothallus blue-black or absent. Granules disintergrate to form irregular clusters of blue-grey or yellowish-grey soralia, +/- covering thallus. Apothecia very rare, discs chestnut-brown with persistent, thin margins. Thallus K+ pale yellow, C-, KC+ yellow, P-, UV-.
Host to Skyttea megalosporae.

Found on well-lit, broad-leaved trees (especially Oak, Ash, Beech) in sheltered, humid, long-established woodlands.

Often confused with Megalaria pulverea

Megalospora tuberculosa

Megalospora tuberculosa
Megalospora tuberculosa. November 2009

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