Observation 114741: Peltigera rufescens (Weiss) Humb.

When: 2012-09-01

Collection location: Quincy Bluff State Natural Area, Wisconsin, USA [Click for map]

Who: Andrew Khitsun (Andrew)

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ID confirmed by Jim Bennett
By: Andrew Khitsun (Andrew)
2014-06-24 06:13:24 SAST (+0200)
Aha! I’m convinced that’s a useful observation!
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2012-10-30 03:10:44 SAST (+0200)

Yes, I see these things from time to time, too, the ones that are absolutely impossible to clean off. They’re always in the driest habitats. I think P. ponojensis with its relatively discrete rhizines can’t do this; only the woolly mat of rhizines of P. rufescens can cling so tenaciously to the soil and debris. I think we should go with that name despite the apparently white underside. I think P. ponojensis shouldn’t even have dark rhizines, by the way. But these two species kick my butt still…

Just picked some pieces apart.
By: Andrew Khitsun (Andrew)
2012-10-30 02:43:15 SAST (+0200)

I feel like forensic expert. It seems thallus keeps its white color even towards the center. Rhizines become darker, though. Rhizines are of two types: some are longer, cord-like, and some are shorter tufts. They don’t seem to merge into one another, for the most part.

Can’t say for sure.
By: Andrew Khitsun (Andrew)
2012-10-30 02:31:16 SAST (+0200)

It’s devilishly hard to separate thallus from substrate, so I can’t see if the veins are darker towards the middle. And looking at photos in Brodo, there isn’t that much difference anyway. Rhizines are white tufts, pretty discreet – but again on the lobe tips: I can’t tell what’s deeper inwards at this point.

I think you’re right
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2012-10-29 07:21:46 SAST (+0200)

I have trouble distinguishing P. rufescens from P. ponojensis, though, without seeing the rhizines and veins. P. ponojensis has pale veins and ~discrete rhizines. _P. rufescens has a more matted rhizines and its veins turn dark toward the center.

Looks unusual
By: Andrew Khitsun (Andrew)
2012-10-29 01:59:48 SAST (+0200)

Growing on a dry forest hill, it attracted my attention from afar, since I wasn’t sure what I was looking at. Upon closer inspection, I realised it was Peltigera, intertwining with mosses in a peculiar way.

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