When: 2009-03-15

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

Who: Chris Parrish (kitparrish)

Specimen available

35°13’49.26"N, 85°57’47.14"W, el. 575 m, Dotson Point Trail.
35°12’45.15"N, 85°53’47.26"W, el. 586 m, Sewanee-St.Andrew’s Trail.

Substrate: Growing as nearly perfectly elliptical medallions along the branches of Kalmia latifolia

Habitat: Oak-hickory woodland on the western rim of the Cumberland Plateau.

Dotson Point Trail, 2009-03-15: 39281-39283
Sewanee-St.Andrew’s Trail, 2009-03-17: 39420-39432

cortex C+ yellow, K+ yellow, KC-
medulla C-, K-, KC-

Characterization: green shield lichen with
(1) thallus outline often nearly perfectly oval, lying along a branch of Kalmia latifolia
(2) outer lobes with white maculae and reticulate pattern of sinew-like ridges
(3) center of thallus with crowded folds and dense patches of coraloid isidia
(4) entire undersurface light creamy tan
(5) rhizines sparse, very short, translucent

Sharnoff’s Canoparmelia caroliniana gallery
CNALH images, description, 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 0017, det. Gary Perlmutter (NCU)

Common name: Carolina shield lichen

Species Lists


Dotson Point Trail, 2009-03-15
Dotson Point Trail, 2009-03-15
Dotson Point Trail, 2009-03-15
maculae, 20x
maculae, 50x
dorsal wrinkles, 32x
dorsal folds and isidia, 10x
dorsal folds and isidia 10x
isidia, 16x
isidia, 25x
isidia, 32x
coraloid isidia, 40x
isidia, 50x
isidia, 63x
undersurface, 50x
undersurface, 16x

Proposed Names

28% (1)
Recognized by sight
57% (1)
Used references: Brodo, Sharnoff, Sharnoff, pp.211-212

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Add Comment
this does look like amabilis
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2010-04-12 05:27:14 CEST (+0200)

I have to agree with you, cool! What a pleasant surprise to find you have a rare endemic in your back yard! And to have a collection of it lying around to boot. :)