When: 2009-02-09

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

Who: Chris Parrish (kitparrish)

No specimen available


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

Substrate: Small patches of this tiny lichen cling to very loose, sandy soil along the rim of a 20 cm tall embankment bordering a frequently used foot path and mountain bike trail.

Habitat: Rich, oak-dominated, eastern deciduous forest at the western escarpment of the Cumberland Plateau.

Dotson Point Trail, 2009-02-09: 35894-35909

Structure: The stalks of Dibaeis are solid, not hollow, and both stalk and cap are essentially free of photobionts, so these little structures are technically “apothecial stalks,” and not “podetia” (Brodo, p.761).

Common name: pink earth lichen

Note added on 21 feb 2009: Thanks, amanitarita. A biologist friend is letting me use his magnificent microscope. I love it!

Species Lists


apothecial stalks, 20x
apothecial stalks, 12.5x
apothecial stalks, 32x
apothecial stalks, 32x
smaller apothecial stalks, 25x
granules, 16x
granules, 25x
granules, 40x
granules, 40x
apothecial stalk, 63x
primary thallus, 40x
primary thallus, 50x
primary thallus, 80x
x-section through granules, 115x
section thru apothecium, 40x
section thru apothecium, 100x

Proposed Names

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Used references: Brodo, Sharnoff, and Sharnoff, pp.299-300

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Add Comment
Great find!
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2009-03-07 10:54:22 CST (-0500)

I’ve been looking for this in the Smokies. Normally grows farther north, I’m surprised you found it so low.

beautiful illustrative work… on one of the coolest lichen fruit bodies that i’ve ever seen.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-02-21 21:52:51 CST (-0500)