Collection location: Parque Nacional Queulat, Aisén, Chile [Click for map]
Growing among lush bryophytes on steep slope above waterfall in Valdivian rainforest along Carretera Austral heading south up to Queulat Pass.
Identifying characteristics: gray-brown, caulescent (i.e. tree-like with a single point of attachment raising the thallus above surrounding mosses), coralloid isidiate.
Sticta hypochra is one of two caulescent species with coralloid isidia. The other, S. longipes is nearly glabrous below, while S. hypochra is densely tomentose (though thin relative to non-caulescent species in my experience).
Several herbarium specimens available from various locations in Chile:
20090106.5 — near Villa Santa Lucia, region Aisen
20090107.12 — just outside Parque Queulat, region Aisen
20090112.39 — near Coyhaique, region Aisen
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