Observation 82312: Lichen P. Micheli

Another beautiful lichen, also growing on granite on Frenchman Peak in Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia. This one was almost fluroescent/luminous yellow, growing in a fairly moist & shaded position beneath a rocky overhang.

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Recognized by sight: bright pale yellow thallus composed entirely of powdery soredia

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“Gold dust” lichen is very distinctive
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2011-11-16 22:08:28 AST (-0400)

But you need to rule out Candelaria and Candelariella, which can be very similar color, but should have at least some noticeable in-tact lobes. Chrysothrix is entirely made up of powdery granules. Chemistry, size and texture of granules and substrate are used to distinguish the species, but I don’t think the genus is well-known anywhere in the world. It really needs molecular methods to verify any chemical or morphological patterns you may detect.

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