Observation 22200: Nodobryoria oregana (Tuck.) Common & Brodo

Growing at high elevation with Bryoria fuscescens and to a lesser extent B. pseudofuscescens and Alectoria sarmentosa. It can be distinguished in several subtle ways:

1. Color: Nodobryoria is distinctly more reddish than Bryoria, seen side by side (see photos) it is almost obvious
2. Apothecia: Nodobryoria all have apothecia to some extent (in N. oregana they are quite rare), never soralia, and they are never ciliate
3. Texture: the cortex of Nodobryoria is made up of a jigsaw-puzzle arrangement of “knobby” cells (no photo, sorry) resulting in a different, often shiny texture, while Bryoria is typically duller
4. Cross-section: haha! yeah, supposedly Nodobryoria has more angular cross-section than Bryoria. Good luck with that…

You can blame Ernie Brodo for this genus… :)


budding apothecium
Reddish, shiny Nodobryoria oregana on left, dull(er) olivaceous Bryoria fuscescens on right.
Reddish, shiny Nodobyoria oregana and dull(er) olivaceous Bryoria fuscescens completely tangled up into an inextricable mass.

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Used references: Trevor Goward — he had to shove my nose in it practically before I could distinguish this from Bryoria fuscescens!!

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