Trentepohlia

Description

Trentepohlia is a genus of filamentous chlorophyte green algae living free on terrestrial supports such as tree trunks and wet rocks or symbiotically in lichens. The filaments of Trentepohlia have a strong orange colour caused by the presence of large quantities of carotenoid pigments which mask the green of the chlorophyll. There are a number of similar species and we treat them as a species aggregate due to difficulty of identification.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Found on terrestrial supports such as tree trunks and wet rocks or symbiotically in lichens.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread in Britain with most records appearing to come from the far north.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

UK Map