Observation 44868: Vulpicida juniperinus
When: 2008-06-28
Collection location: Dovrefjell, Norway [Click for map]
No herbarium specimen

Notes: growing on small shrubs

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Thanks Chris and Jason!
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-04-30 08:22:14 CDT (-0400)

I couldn’t recall exactly what it was growing on, but I’m sure you’re right about the ID! Added a picture of the particular form of juniper growing in the area (ssp. alpina, with softer and broader needles than the main form).

I know too little about lichens to even know where to start looking in a field guide or key – but some of them are eye-catching enough to take pictures of :-)

Vulpicida juniperinus
By: Chris Parrish (kitparrish)
2010-04-29 17:35:11 CDT (-0400)

Beautiful! There are two species of Vulpicida mentioned in the new Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland, and Vulpicida juniperinus seems to hit the mark: “black, stalked pycnidia frequent on margins,” … and frequent red-brown apothecia. It is known from “ancient Caledonian pine forests” in W Scotland and N England, but “believed extinct in the British Isles, not seen for over a hundred years.” It is supposedly known from N America as well, but the only CNALH records so far are from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Excellent observation!

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