Irish lichens

Cystocoleus ebeneus

Incertae sedis

Species: Cystocoleus ebeneus

Growth type filamentous.
Photos: On rocks. Gougane Barra, Cork, SW Ireland.
Identified by John Douglass

Forms small patches of black, felted thallus. Narrow, brittle filaments are surrounded by contorted, nodulose, fungal hyphae. Numerous contorted, spiky or wiry branches. Sterile.
Microscopy needed to separate from Racodium rupestre.

Occurs on damp, usually upland, rocks and on acidic bark in upland woods. Chemical reactions negative.

Also similar: Ephebe lanata

Cystocoleus ebeneus

Cystocoleus ebeneus
Cystocoleus ebeneus. August 2009

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