Observation 63978: Physcia caesia (Hoffm.) Fürnr.

When: 2010-12-10

Collection location: Cache National Forest, Utah, USA [Click for map]

Who: Algidus

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Recognized by sight: strongly white-mottled (maculate) dull surface, sorediate, on rock

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I’d definitely say Physcia
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2011-02-28 14:27:18 PST (-0800)

The mottled dull texture and color like this is only found together in Physcia. There are a number of species on rock, but I’d bet you’ve got P. caesia here. Normally, it would have more soralia, and the soredia is a distinctive bluish-grayish in age. It should have: round lumps of relatively fine soredia on the lobe surface and sometimes at tips; whitish to pale brownish below; medulla K+y.

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