Irish lichens

Porina aenea

Order: Ostropales       Family: Porinaceae

Species: Porina aenea

Growth type crustose. Specimen left identified by John Douglass
Photos: On Rowan and Ash. Co. Cork, SW Ireland.

Thin reddish-brown thallus, greener in shade, prothallus absent. Small black perithecia, usually 0.1-0.2mm diam, the involucrellum purplish-brown. Spores are 3-septate, 13-20(-24) x 3.5-5 Ám. Microscope photographs below.

Can be common in urban areas on trunks, branches and twigs of lightly shaded, young, smooth-barked trees, especially Ash and acers. Also found at the base of conifers in plantations.

Similar: Porina borreri: Perithecia to 0.5mm, spores 6-7 septate.
Strigula taylorii: Larger, +/- conical perithecia scattered among numerous dark pycnidia. Spores 1-septate, easily broken.

Porina aenea

Porina aenea

Microscope photographs
Porina aenea

Porina aenea
Porina aenea May 2010 and April 2012

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