When: 2009-02-19

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

Who: Chris Parrish (kitparrish)

Specimen available

Location: 35°12’48.33"N , 85°54’14.26"W, el. 524 m. Piney Point.

Substrate: Growing on a few slender twigs of bushes overhanging the bare sandstone rim of the western escarpment of the Cumberland Plateau. The lichens were 2-3 m above the ground, positioned to benefit from fog and clouds scraping past the rim of the canyon.

Habitat: Pine dominates the rim of the canyon, and oak and other deciduous hardwoods cover the plateau behind it and the canyon below.

Identification: Specimens of this lichen from the nearby Sewanee-St.Andrew’s Trail were determined by Gary Perlmutter at the UNC Herbarium to represent Tuckermannopsis ciliaris (medulla C+ pink).

Sharnoff’s Tuckermannopsis ciliaris gallery
CNALH images and locality map, and a larger, interactive locality map.

Voucher specimen: Tennessee, Franklin County, Sewanee, Sewanee-St.Andrew’s Trail, 17 Mar 2009, Chris Parrish 0016, det. Gary Perlmutter (NCU)

Common name: variable wrinkle-lichen

Species Lists


apothecia, 12.5x
apothecium, 16x
apothecium, 25x
apothecial margin, about 32x
thallus surface, 25x
thallus surface, 80x
thallus surface, 50x
marginal pycnidia, 80x
marginal pycnidia, 100x
marginal pycnidia, 40x
marginal pycnidia, 100x
rhizine, 32x
rhizines, 20x
underside of thallus, 20x
underside of thallus, 63x
underside of thallus, 115x

Proposed Names

28% (1)
Used references: Brodo, Sharnoff, and Sharnoff, pp.694-695
85% (1)
Based on chemical features: medulla C+ pink

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nice apothecia.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-03-27 00:10:21 CDT (-0400)