Irish lichens

Stenocybe pullatula

Order: Mycocaliciales       Family: Mycocaliciaceae

Species: Stenocybe pullatula

Growth type crustose.
Photos: On Alder twig. Ballingeary, Co. Cork, SW Ireland.

A 'pin-head' lichen with slender black apothecia, the stalks usually unbranched. Asci are narrowly cylindrical, spores pale brown, simple becoming 1-3 septate, (10-)13-18(-20) x 4-5(-6) Ám. Paraphyses are absent. Chemical reactions negative.

Only found on Alder twigs, usually near streams in unpolluted areas.

Similar: Stenocybe septata. Mainly found on Holly

Stenocybe pullatula
Stenocybe pullatula January 2012

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