Notes: Locality: Elbow Lake, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta; 50°38’21.34"N, 115° 0’30.58"W, el. 2098 m
Identification: The abundant rhizines suggest Umbilicaria virginis.
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According to draft key for Ways of Enlichenment, the only species that match: abundant rhizines and frosted reticulately-ridged upper surface are U. virginis and U. cylindrica. These two are distinguished by apothecia smoothness, presence of cilia on margins, and color of lower surface:
U. virginis – pinkish below, smooth apothecia, no cilia at margins but may appear to have some because of long rhizines protruding from below
U. cylindrica – tan to brownish below, gyrose (stipitate?) apothecia, often with cilia on margins
Both are to be expected in such a location.
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