Baeomyces rufus

    Alt Name
    Brown Beret Lichen

    Baeomyces rufus is characterized by bulbous apothecia which may vary from reddish brown to orange to pink, and which become translucent when wet; they may reach a maximum diameter of 2 mm, on top of stalks no taller than 6 mm. The thallus may be green, grey or greenish-grey, and may have a brownish tinge. Unlike other Baeomyces species, Baeomyces rufus? margins are unlobed.

    Identification difficulty

    On soil and peat banks, damp tracks, sheltered boulders and in crevices in dry-stone walls.

    When to see it

    All year round

    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain but most frequent in the north and west.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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