When: 2016-11-21

Collection location: Conway Park, Creve Coeur, Missouri, USA [Click for map]

Who: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)

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On dead, fallen hardwood branch in mixed woods. First hard frost the previous night.


Copyright © 2016 Judi Thomas
Copyright © 2016 Judi Thomas
Copyright © 2016 Judi Thomas

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Jason and J-Dar, I was able to get better photos.
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2016-11-24 04:47:26 CET (+0100)

See Ob. # 262313. I clicked on “Create” before completely finishing the name, which should include “D. Hawksw. & Earl.-Benn”. Couldn’t figure out how to correct that. MB # is 500725. Thanks again for your help. This is an interesting one for me to learn.

Wow, Jason! Impressive knowledge.
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2016-11-23 17:40:52 CET (+0100)

I’ll try to revisit this site today to get better pictures, although it’s raining and I’m wearing a walking boot for a strained ATF ligament. Guess that proves I’m addicted to mushroom/lichen identification… or I’m just plain nuts:) Then I’ll turn my one post into two. Thank you SO much for your help.

parasites can get parasites!
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2016-11-23 02:09:38 CET (+0100)

The pink things look a lot like some sort of Nectriopsis. Some species are known to parasitize lichens. Oh look at that, Nectriopsis physciicola was described on Physcia stellaris. Neat. Make an observation for that thing. :)

Thanks, J-Dar. I know fungi can get parasites,
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2016-11-23 01:10:15 CET (+0100)

but I wasn’t aware the same is true of lichen. I learn something new everyday:)

Maybe the red dots
By: J-Dar
2016-11-23 00:54:40 CET (+0100)

are a parasite of some sort.

P.S. do you think the pink color
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2016-11-22 23:24:07 CET (+0100)

visible in the bottom image could be due to stress from frost?

Thanks, Jason. It’s great to have you back.
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2016-11-22 23:22:05 CET (+0100)

I thought the two little lichen “volcanoes” in the center of the thumbnail were interesting. Guess they don’t contribute much to an identification.

P. aipolia looks like this and is the most common
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2016-11-22 06:38:50 CET (+0100)

of the similar species, P. pumilior, P. stellaris and P. neogaea.