Buellia ocellata

    Description

    A crust forming, cracking, pale grey or grey green lichen. It gets its name from the reticulate pattern on the thallus that is supposed to resemble an ocellot's coat.

    Similar Species

    B. ocellata can be found with B. aethalea but usually has a browner appearance and a more marked reticulated pattern.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    On natural siliceous rock.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain, particularly in the southern half.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map