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When: 2009-03-30

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

Who: Chris Parrish (kitparrish)

No specimen available

35°12’59.44"N, 85°54’30.99"W, el. 444 m, Shake Rag Hollow.
35°12’15.59"N, 85°55’13.48"W, el. 589 m, central campus.

Substrate and habitat: (1) Growing on the trunk of an understory tree in Liriodendron-Quercus cove forest below the rim of the western escarpment of the Cumberland Plateau (Shake Rag Hollow); (2) growing 2 m from the ground on the bole of a small hardwood tree in a park-like area of remnant oak-dominated deciduous woodland (central campus).

All three of the Shake Rag Hollow photos are from the same small tree. Along this trail, script lichens appear slightly larger than postage stamps stuck onto the trunks of smooth-barked understory trees. The “script” is hardly evident until seen with a 10x lens. The host trees should become identifiable when their leaves appear in a few more weeks.

Shake Rag Hollow, 30 Mar 2009: 40263-40365
Central campus, 18 Feb 2010: 78551-78552

Graphis scripta on Mushroom Observer
Stridvalls’ Graphis scripta gallery
Sharnoff’s Graphis scripta gallery
CNALH images and locality map, and a larger, interactive locality map.

Common name: common script lichen

Species Lists


Central campus, 18 Feb 2010
Shake Rag Hollow, 30 Mar 2009
Shake Rag Hollow, 30 Mar 2009
Shake Rag Hollow, 30 Mar 2009
Central campus, 18 Feb 2010

Proposed Names

28% (1)
Recognized by sight: crustose lichen with script-like lirellae
57% (1)
Used references: Brodo, Sharnoff, Sharnoff, pp.327-328

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