Observation 178294: Sticta Ach.

When: 2013-01-23

Collection location: Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru [Click for map]

13.16°S 72.54°W 2300m [Click for map]

Who: Jason Hollinger (jason)

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on mossy trunk; “sp. 8” – gray, marginal phyllidia

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Yes, I was blown away by the diversity in Sticta at Machu Picchu!
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2014-09-14 20:11:42 BST (+0100)

… and Lobaria,Lobariella and Pseudocyphellaria… they got ‘em all! But Sticta in particular. I must have seen at least 10 species. But that’s just touching the diversity Moncada and Lücking are finding in the Northern Andes.

I thought it was particularly interesting that there seems to be a sort of gradient from Pseudocyphellaria dominating in the south (Patagonia and Chile) to Sticta and Lobaria s. lato. dominating in the north (Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia). Fun to speculate about that apparent pattern. :)

The Sticta spp.
By: zaca
2014-09-14 13:52:19 BST (+0100)

from Machu Picchu are something of the “other world” that I don´t know. Some are well developed, forming rosetes or broad thallus more likely
Nephroma here, which is a strange appearance for me. How many different species you saw?