Irish lichens

Placynthium subradiatum
Order: Peltigerales       Family: Placynthiaceae

Species: Placynthium subradiatum

Growth type crustose. BLS Burren meeting 2009
Photos: On limestone. Black Head, the Burren, W Ireland.

Blackish or dark olive-brown thallus forms +/- complete rosettes, narrow rings or arcs, dying from the centre. Margin with tightly packed, adpressed lobes, prothallus inconspicuous. Isidia are sparse or absent, apothecia are very rare.

Occurs on vertical faces of hard limestone rocks, usually on surfaces that are subject to periodic flushing. Rare, most Irish records from the Burren, Co. Clare. Chemical reactions negative.

Similar: Placynthium nigrum. Widespread throughout Ireland.

Placynthium subradiatum

Placynthium subradiatum
Placynthium subradiatum. BLS Burren meeting, April 2009

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