Observation 76150: Non-fungal

When: 2011-09-04

Collection location: Manor Homes of Foxcrest, Kansas City, Missouri, USA [Click for map]

Who: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)

No specimen available

Deep violet colored crust on almost all living(and a few dead) hardwoods in this canopy.

Maclura polifera, Acer, Quercus and Salix tree species.

Searched through "Lichens Of North America and found no mention or image matching this species.

Temp: upper 70’s sunny, clear.

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7% (3)
Used references: “Lichens Of North America”-Brodo
61% (2)
Recognized by sight: Agreeing with else and Jason

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No collection unfortunately…
By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2013-01-17 19:52:56 CST (-0500)

This was found in the woods which made me think it couldn’t possibly be paint(as others thought). My initial reaction to it was that it was perhaps some form of crustose lichen or resupinate fungus similar to Terana perhaps. I hopefully will encounter it again this summer when visiting the MidWest again. Any encounters of something like this for you and Oluna in the past?

Let me know ;)

Any collection?
By: Oluna & Adolf Ceska (aceska@telus.net)
2013-01-17 18:36:36 CST (-0500)
By: Patrick Harvey (pg_harvey)
2012-02-05 19:27:33 CST (-0500)

I’ve seen trees at the edge of private properties in Missouri, out in the country, with purple blazes. Seems likely to me too.

My first thought was an old trail blaze, too
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2011-09-12 13:35:45 CDT (-0400)

In either case, I don’t think it is lichenized. Let’s just say that there is no known lichen of that color.

is it really fungal?
By: else
2011-09-12 13:12:12 CDT (-0400)

silly question perhaps, but could it be paint? the fact that suddenly it is all over all kinds of trees suggests that. i apologize if this suggestion sounds silly, i only see your pictures.
alternatively, it is a crust fungus, a basidiomycete. in that case the microscope is needed to help with identification.

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