Parmelia saxatilis


    Thallus foliose, pale grey, sometimes green-grey in shade, becoming brown at drying lobe tips. Conspicuous, white pseudocyphellae are found on the lobe surfaces. Older parts of the thallus become densely isidiate, the isidia shining, or often pruinose, arising initially from the network formed by the pseudocyphellae. Was once used to produce a reddish-brown dye.

    Identification difficulty

    Usually on base-poor rocks, but also on acid-barked trees and other trees where the bark has been acidified by atmospheric pollution.

    When to see it

    All year.

    UK Status


    VC55 Status

    Not known.

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