Observation 90212: Bryoria capillaris (Ach.) Brodo & D. Hawksw.

When: 2010-09-10

Collection location: Sharpe Park, Skagit Co., Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Jason Hollinger (jason)

No specimen available

Maritime forest.

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Based on chemical features: K+y C+r KC+r

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Crazy specimen
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2015-12-20 12:26:32 PST (-0800)

This thing was so pale I assumed it was Alectoria. Upon seeing it years later it immediately looked “strange”. Chemistry suggested maybe I just had the wrong species, so I changed it from A. sarmentosa to A.vancouverensis (C+ distinctly red). Then later I realized why it looked “strange”… it isn’t Alectoria at all, but Bryoria, just a really pale one. Closer inspection revealed that it had very few pseudocyphellae and these very fine and inset, not protruding and coarse as in Alectoria. Mystery solved!

(It is also interesting to note that the alectorialic acid stains the packet reddish-brown after several years, at least it does if it’s not acid-free.)

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