When: 2009-08-17

Collection location: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Diane (mcgd)

No specimen available

a mix of fungi, lichen, moss growing on rotten wood. Rocky Mountains


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Recognized by sight: squamulose blackish thallus, orangish apothecia, on moss in dark, damp microhabitat

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Excellent series of guesses!
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2011-05-18 08:32:29 PDT (-0700)

The only other thing I’d consider is Protopannaria pezizoides — it has the same color (when wet) and its squamules have the same pale edges and it is common and grows luxuriously in such habitats… but in all of my photos the bumpy rims on the apothecia are apparent, even when wet and swollen. No, I’d be willing to bet you’ve got Fuscopannaria. Judging by the abundant apothecia and (again) the pale edging, it seems like you’ve got something in the F. praetermissa group, I’d guess. It’s a lovely specimen, whatever it is.

Certainly, no question this is all one species of lichen, no mixture or anything crazy going on here. Protopannaria is reasonably common once you know what to look for, but Fuscopannaria is always a real treat to find (in western Canada at least). Well done!

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-05-17 22:52:20 PDT (-0700)