Common Greenshield Lichen - Flavoparmelia caperata

Alternative names
Greenshield Lichen

A conspicuous medium to large leafy lichen, it is pale grey when dry and yellow green when wet. It has rounded lobes, measuring 3 to 8 mm wide, and these often have a wrinkled appearance, especially in older specimens, looking like molten wax.

Identification difficulty

Trunks of deciduous trees and on other, generally base-poor, substrates.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread and locally common, scarcer in central and northern Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent 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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