Observation 267263: Lichen P. Micheli

When: 2016-10-31

Collection location: Babaji Cave, Uttarakhand, India [Click for map]

Who: Chief RedEarth (chiefredearth)

No specimen available

Staghorn shaped lichen from a forest. Fallen on the ground. Is it Oakmoss (Evernia prunastri)



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By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2017-01-15 13:27:51 CST (-0500)

I think Evernia is common in Himalayas. Just wanted to see if we could rule out one or the other genus based on location. Maybe not.

As I understand it, the difference between Evernia and Ramalina is that Ramalina has tough, translucent, cartilaginous strands in the interior of the branches. Evernia, by contrast, should just have a dense, white, cottony medulla. Also, look for cracks or splits or “windows” in the branches — these would all be strong evidence for Ramalina.

By: Chief RedEarth (chiefredearth)
2017-01-15 13:14:08 CST (-0500)

Hi Jason,

Thanks for your suggestion, and Uttarakhand is in India which one of the Himalayan state. Thank you.


Both Evernia and Ramalina are strong possibilites.
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2017-01-15 13:10:25 CST (-0500)

Where is Uttarakhand? Also, a close-up with more detail might help establish the genus, at least.