Bluish Veilwort - Metzgeria fruticulosa

Alternative names
Metzgeria violacea
Description

Forms patches of 1 mm wide, yellowish green thalli that end in narrow gemma bearing branches which protrude from the substrate. The gemmae of this species are restricted to the very tip of these branches. Long dry specimens are unique in turning blue, hence its former name. Sporophytes are rare.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Twigs and branches of deciduous trees, especially willow (Salix), but also old elders (Sambucus nigra) and young elms (Ulmus).

When to see it

All year.

UK Status

Common.

VC55 Status

Uncommon.

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