When: 2009-03-21

Collection location: Sunol Regional Wilderness, Alameda Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

No specimen available


[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:06:33 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Sunol Regional Park, Contra Costa County, CA’ to ‘Sunol Regional Park, Contra Costa Co., California, USA’


blotch lichen.

Proposed Names

19% (2)
Recognized by sight
56% (1)
Recognized by sight: The moonglows just have a certain look. I think D. oreina might be the only yellowish species in CA.

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You’ll have to ask Ernie Brodo
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2009-08-18 13:35:03 CDT (-0400)

There was also at least some conversation between Trevor Goward and Ernie Brodo at the time Brodo was coining common names for most of the lichens he covers in Lichens of North America. Probably other lichenologists involved as well, no doubt. Must’ve been a lot of fun, coming up with poetic but still descriptive common names for hundreds of lichens, no? Some common names predate his 2001 book (e.g. crottle, cudbear, lungwort, iceland moss, oak moss, british soldiers, the beards), but probably most had none.

thanks for going through all of these old lichen shots…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-08-18 10:38:36 CDT (-0400)

“moonglow” is a great common name…derivation?