When: 2014-07-31

Collection location: Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area, Wisconsin, USA [Click for map]

Who: Andrew Khitsun (Andrew)

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Funny, my experience is opposite
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2014-11-07 19:39:45 PST (-0800)

I always find X. sorediata in more shaded locations than X. elegans! But that’s in the desert and alpine, maybe it’s less concerned about getting a sunburn in Wisconsin. Personally, however, I think you just have good lichen karma. :)

Shady business?
By: Andrew Khitsun (Andrew)
2014-11-07 19:27:24 PST (-0800)

I wonder if it has something to do with them growing in the shade: as far as I remember all of my other finds were in the very sunny exposures. Boulders here were shaded with all kinds of shrubbery and also trees above – I remember well because I had to fight the darn prickly stuff to get to these guys. But I bled for a good cause :-)

I’ve never seen a fertile specimen
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2014-11-07 19:13:14 PST (-0800)

Good find!

This is the first time I found specimens with apothecia,
By: Andrew Khitsun (Andrew)
2014-10-30 18:36:35 PDT (-0700)

and I had hard time finding other photos with apothecia (please link this page to the ones you know of). Also, seldom mentioned green color is usually typical of specimens in genera Xanthoria and Xanthomendoza growing in shade, like this group.