Melanelixia glabratula


Thallus green to warm brown, shining, older parts with few to abundant cylindrical or branched outgrowths reaching 0.8 mm or more in height, leaving white scars when rubbed off.

Similar Species

Similar to Melanelixia fuliginosa, which was it was considered to be a subspecies of until recently. M. fuliginosa is generally darker, more brown than green, though still has shining margins. It is not usually found on trees and is generally found on silicious rocks.

Identification difficulty

On deciduous tree bark and fences, sometimes on rocks.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Generally common throughout Britain.

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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