Baeomyces rufus

Alternative names
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.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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