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When: 2009-01-31

Collection location: Sewanee, Franklin Co., Tennessee, USA [Click for map]

Who: Chris Parrish (kitparrish)

Specimen available

Location: 35°13’49.26"N 85°57’47.14"W, el. 575 m. Dotson Point Trail.

Substrate and habitat: Growing on tree trunks in oak-dominated eastern deciduous hardwood forest at the edge of the western escarpment of the Cumberland Plateau.

Dotson Point Trail, 2009-01-31: 35446, 35451-35452
Dotson Point Trail, 2009-02-06: 35812-35821

Note the prominent white cyphellae on the undersurfaces.

Additional notes, 09 feb 2009: The first four photos were taken on 31 jan 2009. The rest were taken on 06 feb 2009, and come from a specimen taken from the same tree trunk as the original photos.

Brodo, pp.670-671, reports that Sticta normally does not have any lichen substances, but that populations of Sticta beauvoisii in the southern Appalachians may present a different chemistry.

Spot tests (see the last photo): C- (above), K+ amber yellow (below)

Sharnoff’s Sticta beauvoisii gallery
CNALH images and locality map, and a larger, interactive locality map.

Voucher specimen: Tennessee, Franklin County, Sewanee, Shake Rag Hollow, 30 Mar 2009, Chris Parrish 0032, det. Gary Perlmutter (NCU)

Commmon name: fringed moon lichen

Species Lists


cyphellae, 16x
cyphellae, 20x
isidia, 12.5x
isidia, 12.5x
isidia, 32x
isidia, 32x
isidia, 40x
isidia, 50x
isidia, 80x
spot tests: C- (above), K+ amber yellow (below), 16x

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Used references: Brodo, Sharnoff, and Sharnoff, pp.670-672.

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Add Comment
Sticta in the Smokies
By: Gary Perlmutter (gbperlmutter)
2009-03-05 20:57:45 CST (-0500)

I suggest keying it using this article: