Observation 202052: Flavoparmelia baltimorensis (Gyelnik & Fóriss) Hale

When: 2015-03-29

Collection location: Cheaha State Park, Clay Co., Alabama, USA [Click for map]

33.4634° 85.8171° 489m

Who: Vitaly Charny (vcharny)

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looks like observation #23566
Most common lichen at the location. Many rocks covered by the lichens. Also on trees, but not so common.
Most common lichen at the location. Many rocks covered by the lichens. Also on trees, but not so common.

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Microscope! You’re headed down the rabbit hole!
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2015-03-29 18:51:14 PDT (-0700)

That’s excellent news!

As for observation 23566… Wow, that one still stumps me. But since then I’ve seen more cases of color being totally misleading in photographs. I’ll retract my “as if!” on F. baltimorensis on that one – best I can offer! – but there are still a number of things that look “wrong” about that population: The reticulate ridges, the color, the lobulate margins… I don’t know what to say, but until someone verifies Flavoparmelia with spot tests, I will (respectfully) remain skeptical… (Take heart that Brendan agrees with you, though. You’re in the very best company! I, on the other hand, have no problem with standing alone. :)

This observation, however, looks “right”: color, margins, texture, isidia, everything. This is exactly what F. baltimorensis “should” look like.

compare with observation 23566
By: Vitaly Charny (vcharny)
2015-03-29 18:37:29 PDT (-0700)

Look like the same species but for 23566 it was different opinion?
I thought myself that this is baltimorensis.

It is late spring in Alabama. I had very few time for the hobby, right after I bought a microscope ha-ha :)

By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2015-03-29 18:22:02 PDT (-0700)

It’s been a long time — how are things down in Alabama! Hope all’s well, and you’re enjoying spring.

Nice fertile population
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2015-03-29 18:20:23 PDT (-0700)

But I think the contorted isidia still make this F. baltimorensis.

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