Observation 208641: Phaeophyscia hirsuta (Mereschk.) Essl.

When: 2015-06-20

Collection location: Fremont Co., Colorado, USA [Click for map]

38.4999° -105.3502° 1902m

Who: J-Dar

No specimen available

Growing on bark of Juniper trees in a pinon pine-juniper habitat. Thallus varying from light to dark grey with marginal soralia, apothecia uncommon, <1mm, with black concave disk and hairs on outer margins. Lobes narrow, maculate, with small clear hairs on top and sides of lobes. Hairs can be absent or uncommon to abundant. Thallus underside black, medulla white. All spot tests negative.

Sorry for the lack of decent pics, it is so tiny I only found it tucked in with Physcia biziana and Physciella chloantha after I got home and got it under the scope.

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These were obvious!
By: J-Dar
2015-07-04 01:24:33 CDT (-0400)

At least under the scope! I literally didn’t know I collected this until I got home. Melanelixia…i’m not sure I believe those hairs really exist or not.

These hairs are a little better than the ones on Melanelixia
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2015-07-03 23:49:02 CDT (-0400)

but not that much! Sometimes they are extremely difficult to find, too.

Created: 2015-07-03 20:01:20 CDT (-0400)
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