Observation 95282: Letharia vulpina (L.) Hue

When: 2012-05-19

Collection location: Cascades along Highway 12, Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

No specimen available

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By: zaca
2012-09-08 08:55:58 CDT (-0400)

At the time this was posted seemed to be a duplicate of observation 95284, but now is clear that they have different subjects …

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-09-08 00:41:39 CDT (-0400)

where is the duplicate?

I thought so
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2012-05-22 16:14:45 CDT (-0400)

It’s so weird. I would think the mountains there would be a perfect place for it. Maybe just not high enough?? No way. Pyrenees and northern Spain are the wrong climate, so I’m less surprised… But Portugal is obviously a lot like California, where it is common. But you do have some different things (Degelia for example, all those Collema). I’m still missing something very fundamental. Is it geology? Calcareous rock is rare throughout California, but seemingly abundant in Portugal.

I don’t think we have it here, Jason.
By: zaca
2012-05-22 16:03:58 CDT (-0400)

I never find Letharia sp. and it doesn’t appear in the portuguese checklist either.

Do you have Letharia in Portugal, zaca?
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2012-05-22 14:33:54 CDT (-0400)

I know it occurs in the Atlas Mts of Morocco, but I don’t think it’s common in Europe. It is very abundant in continental climates in western North America. Note the branches are not flattened at all; Vulpicida species are all conspicuously foliose.

Also, note the dark brown/gray species, Nodobryoria abbreviata (hair-like) and Kaernfeltia merrillii (flattened branches) — these make up a species assemblage that is very common east of the Cascades in northern California through Washington. (The Lecanora(s) might also be part of the group, but I’m not so good with Lecanora yet…)

You have a duplicate observation.
By: zaca
2012-05-22 13:56:27 CDT (-0400)

The color seems to indicate Vulpicida sp., but this is simply a guess.

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