When: 2010-02-20

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

Who: Chris Parrish (kitparrish)

Specimen available

Location: 35°12’45.15"N 85°53’47.26"W el. 586 m, Sewanee-St.Andrew’s Trail.

Substrate and habitat: Growing on a clump of sandy soil adhering to the base of an emergent sandstone rock near the rim of a canyon, in oak-hickory woodland on the western rim of the Cumberland Plateau.

thallus: C-, K+ pale yellow, KC-, Pd+ pale yellow.
Both the K+ pale yellow and Pd+ pale yellow spot tests take 1-2 min to develop, and the resulting pale yellow color is hardly evident against the color of the lichen’s outer cortex, but it becomes clearly visible on a piece of absorbent white paper brought into contact with the damp thallus.

Identification: Pale gray, hollow, finger-like, branching podetia emerging from a persistent, granular thallus.

Sharnoff’s Pycnothelia papillaria gallery
CNALH images and locality map, and a larger, interactive locality map.

Voucher specimen:
United States, Tennessee, Franklin County, Sewanee, Sewanee-St.Andrew’s Trail. 20 Feb 2010. Chris Parrish 0061.

Common name: gnome fingers

Species Lists


granular thallus, 7.1x
granular thallus, 16x
granular thallus, 25x
granular thallus, 50x
podetia, 7.1x
podetia, 25x
podetia, 32x
podetia with constricted bases, 40x
apical pycnidium, 115x
hollow podetium, 40x

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Used references: Brodo, Sharnoff, and Sharnoff, 2001, p.610; Harris and Ladd, 2005, p.206

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