Physcia adscendens

    Description

    A pale grey foliose lichen composed of narrow, flattened branches where the lobe ends become inflated and hood-shaped.

    Similar Species

    Physcia tenella grows in very similar places but lacks the 'hoods'.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Can be found tightly attached to the bark and upper surface of the branches of various plants in nitrogen rich soils.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    An indicator of high nitrogen levels.

    UK Status

    Widespread and common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    Map key:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)

    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records

    • RED = 2020+
    • DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
    • LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015

     

    UK Map