Cartilage Lichen - Ramalina farinacea


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

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

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