Melanohalea elegantula


A foliose lichen. It has adpressed brown or brownish-green thallus with small overlapping lobes, the under-surface with simple rhizines. Isidia are solid, coralloid and often branched. Apothecia rare, with isidiate margins.

Similar Species

Melanohalea exasperatula has hollow isidia.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Photographs required, detailed examination may be necessary.


Found on nutrient-rich horizontal branches and twigs.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Seems to be infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map