Observation 44722: Xanthoria pollinarioides L. Lindblom & D.M. Wright

When: 2010-04-25

Collection location: Van Damme State Park, Mendocino Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Ryane Snow (snowman)

No specimen available

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Used references: “Lichen Flora of the Greater Sonoran Desert Region, Vol. II”, Nash et al. 2004 (pg. 608-609)

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Very cool!
By: Ryane Snow (snowman)
2010-04-25 20:21:09 CDT (-0500)

Thanks Jason. A very cool lichen.

By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2010-04-25 17:16:21 CDT (-0500)

This was only just discovered in the last few years! It looks a lot like a Teloschistes, but it has no cilia and the cortex (apparently) has a different cellular structure. T. flavicans has very narrow, round branches (at least the ones I’ve seen). Notice the soredia bursting from fissures under the broad branches, much like Ramalina pollinaria, for which it was named. Neat to see an observation of it on MO!

Sharnoff Photos
Records in on-line herbaria

From Biodiversity and Evolution blog:
“It was initially called The Mystery Lichen by the people in the Californian Lichen Society, who first discovered it.” It was named by the late Darrell Wright in 2004.

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