Observation 157543: Hyperphyscia syncolla (Tuck. ex Nyl.) Kalb

When: 2013-05-11

Collection location: Gasner Hollow State Natural Area, Wisconsin, USA [Click for map]

Who: Andrew Khitsun (Andrew)

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Oh wow
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2014-02-05 20:52:38 EST (-0500)

Gotta be Physcia what else could it possibly be??

It’s pretty small
By: Andrew Khitsun (Andrew)
2014-02-05 18:51:03 EST (-0500)

Barely an inch in diameter

Doesn’t this look like a Pyxine??
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2014-02-05 16:51:12 EST (-0500)

But it can’t be, that far north you only have P. sorediata and/or P. subcinerea. It’s hard to get scale on this… is it small like a Physcia? Or can this be some parmelioid-type thing like… I don’t know, I can’t think of any plausible candidates.

I love that that thin white crust on the left side of the second picture is trying to take on this big foliose macrolichen… and kicking its butt!

My bad – you’re right
By: Andrew Khitsun (Andrew)
2014-01-11 00:19:07 EST (-0500)

I’m looking at a specimen right now (yet to be identified) I picked up this year on old wood.

It can grow on wood too
By: Byrain
2014-01-11 00:02:14 EST (-0500)
Unlikely – that genus grows on rocks (or soil).
By: Andrew Khitsun (Andrew)
2014-01-10 23:30:21 EST (-0500)
How about
By: Byrain
2014-01-10 22:55:26 EST (-0500)

Xanthoparmelia? I don’t really know, just a guess. :)

I’m not sure I know this genus (or it’s something very common in disguise)
By: Andrew Khitsun (Andrew)
2014-01-10 20:17:05 EST (-0500)

Thallus is very appressed – can’t peel it off. Consequently, I can’t see what the rhizines look like – it seems to me there are none. Can’t take proper look at the lower surface either, although it’s probably white, since small chunks I manage to break off don’t have any dark surfaces on them. Doesn’t seem to respond to K,KC or C tests.

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