Observation 23058: Vulpicida canadensis (Räsänen) J.-E. Mattsson & M.J. Lai
When: 2009-07-07
No herbarium specimen

Notes: The habitat is pine forest (mixed Lodgepole, Pinus contorta subsp. murrayana and Ponderosa, Pinus ponderosa). This was growing on a pine which I think was a Lodgepole.

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Recognized by sight: It’s clearly a lichen with the fungal component being a cup fungi. At a distance I thought this was just a regular Letharia vulpina, due to the color, but I think the foliose form eliminates that option. Note that third picture has a Letharia in the center.

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dead lichens
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2009-07-11 04:42:39 CDT (-0400)

Ha! I once asked Trevor Goward in full earnest how one tells if a lichen is dead or dying. :) I didn’t think it was obvious. Usually they cannibalize their pigments in their death throes, turning them pale brownish or whitish, and often become thinner and/or disintegrate.

By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2009-07-10 21:33:09 CDT (-0400)

I wondered if the black stuff was a separate species or if it was just dead versions of the same stuff.

Looks familliar!
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2009-07-10 01:48:01 CDT (-0400)

We get the same lichen community on lodgepole pine twigs up here in BC. Neat! The black fruticose one with apothecia is Kaernefeltia merrillii.

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