Bluish Veilwort - Metzgeria fruticulosa

    Alt Name
    Metzgeria violacea

    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

    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.

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    VC55 Status


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