Observation 12324: Ophioparma rubricosa

When: 2008-04-23

Collection location: Edgewood Blue, Wells Gray region, British Columbia, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Jason Hollinger (jason)

Specimen available

crust lichen, on very weathered cedar root (Thuja)
THALLUS: granular, yellow-green
APOTHECIA: blood red, adnate, disks, prominant red margin, no pruina, ~1mm wide, orange epihymenium bleeding into pale orange hymenium, opaque subhymenium, no algae in rim, asci with I- walls except thin uniform dark K/I+ blue cap; paraphyses sparingly branched, hardly expanded; epihymenium brilliantly K+ blue to violet (wow!)
SPORE: 8 per ascus?, very long and narrow, tapered more at one end, at least 4 cells, most are broken, 32-36 × 3.4-4.3 µm (Q=7.6-10) (N=3)

Species Lists


at 30x
at 10x
Apothecial section, in water, at 100×.
Apothecial section, in K, at 100×.
Ascus with spores, in K/I, at 1000×.

Proposed Names

87% (1)
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Used references: Curtis Bjork’s provisional key to the genera of epiphytic crusts of BC
Brodo’s L. of N. A. and Nash’s Sonoran Flora to match species
Based on microscopic features
Based on chemical features: Cool K+ blue-violet reaction in epihymenium.

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