Cartilage Lichen - Ramalina farinacea

    Description

    This is a silvery grey-green lichen with flattened, narrow branches (up to 3mm wide) and up to 7cm long, all arising from a compact holdfast.

    Similar Species

    Most commonly confused with Evernia prunastri but this species has as a two-tone colour, being paler on the underside than the upper side, wheras Ramalina is the same on both sides.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    On trees.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Quite tolerant to pollution.

    UK Status

    Commonest and most widespread of British species of Ramalina on trees.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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