Physcia tenella

    Description

    This grey foliose lichen has long, fairly erect lobes and prominent marginal cilia. The lobe ends split and turn back to reveal coarse cream-coloured soredia.

    Similar Species

    Physcia adscendens is very similar and grows in similar places but this species has lobe ends that inflate into 'hoods'.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    On twigs, bark, walls and rocks. Often on tree trunks in urban areas.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Widespread and common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map