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Observation 97768: Ochrolechia A. Massal.

When: 2012-06-13

Collection location: Estádio Nacional, Oeiras, Portugal [Click for map]

Who: zaca

No specimen available

Some features of this specimen:
- Growing on bark;
- Thallus: dark, greyish/brownish, wrinkly;
- Apothecia: with a very generous white rim that almost covers the disc, disc dark-orange/red;
- Chemical reactions on thallus: C-, K- to K+ very pale yellow, KC + weak yelow;
- Microscopy: asci 8-spored (I presume), spores dimensions: 26.5 – 29.5 × 11.5 – 13.5 µm ; Qe = 2.3 (N=20).


Chemical reactions.

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By: zaca
2012-06-21 18:52:33 CDT (-0400)
In my opinion…
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2012-06-21 18:48:23 CDT (-0400)

The chemistry suggests Pertusaria despite all of your excellent objections. :)

In my opinion …
By: zaca
2012-06-21 18:29:15 CDT (-0400)

this is very different from Pertusaria hymenea, a common species here that I already find several times. Macroscopically, the thallus of Pertusaria hymenea is lighter and more wrinkled, the apothecia are more dense, and the rims of apothecia not so developed. Microscopically, the spores are much longer. Based on there size and shape, I believe this one is Ochrolechia.

British Flora is absolutely no help
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2012-06-20 04:01:05 CDT (-0400)

If the spores weren’t so tiny, I would suggest Pertusaria hymenea which matches pretty well otherwise. But (mature) spores should be at least twice as big as what you observed! None of the Ochrolechia in the British Flora even comes remotely close. I suppose we could consider Lecanora in a pinch… but nothing looks promising, not with such thick rims.

I interpret the spot tests as indicating presence of a xanthone. I would expect C+ orange, too, but it might be too weak to see. KC will bring out weak C tests. UV should also verify presence of a xanthone.

There are a bunch of species around P. hymenea in Sipman’s key, many with a xanthone. Maybe you’ve got a new one!