When: 2008-11-01

Collection location: near Cape Lookout, Tillamook Co., Oregon, USA [Click for map]

Who: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)

No specimen available

Very broadly foliose lichen, surface greenish gray to grayish-green, depending on light; reveres is white with black spiked rhizimes, and very broad vein-like formations; forming small apothecia that are formed on the edges of the very-broad lobes.


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Recognized by sight
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Used references: Trevor Goward’s provisional keys for Ways of Enlichenment. Based on the very indistinct veins and poorly-developed rhizines, smooth shiny surface, brown apothecia.

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It can be extensive.
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2008-11-03 02:44:00 CST (-0500)

I believe hypermaritime differs from simply maritime in being not only more humid with more moderate temperature, but also in being provided with improved nutrients from marine aerosols (sea spray essentially). There is some question as to how far this effect spreads inland. We’ve (Trevor and I) have looked at the range of several indicator species, and it does look like it can be fairly extensive in places along WA and northern OR coast where there are no mountains to catch it.

Hypermarine must be extensive zone…
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2008-11-03 02:19:19 CST (-0500)

this specimen was found at least 3/4 of a mile from the ocean, and probably closer to 1.5 miles away. There is another state park about 15 miles away from where I collected this, but actually much closer in terms of line-of-site (maybe 3 miles away?). I’ll try to look there the next time I get to Cape Lookout. Could be several other interesting lichens there, as the area is more established forest/estuarine area.

Cool find!
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2008-11-02 23:50:51 CST (-0500)

Hey, this is supposed to be rare, only found in the hypermaritime zone.