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

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