Irish lichens

Lecania hutchinsiae

Order: Lecanorales       Family: Incertae sedis

Species: Lecania hutchinsiae

Growth type crustose. Chemical results negative
Photos: On coastal rocks. Allihies, Co. Cork, SW Ireland.

Very variable. The thin grey to grey-brown or greenish-grey thallus has small, strongly convex apothecia, the margins soon excluded. Discs pinkish to brown or piebald, translucent when wet. Spores 1-septate, (9-)10-16 x 3-4.5 m. Microscope photograph below.

Usually found near the coast and can be locally frequent on shaded neutral or siliceous rocks, stone walls, bricks and cliffs

Similar: Lecania sylvestris, on calcareous pebbles and limestone

Lecania hutchinsiae

Lecania hutchinsiae

Microscope photograph
Lecania hutchinsiae
Lecania hutchinsiae. April 2012

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