Xanthoria candelaria

Description

This yellow foliose lichen is found on nutrient-rich fences, gravestones and sometimes on backs, walls and stone. It has tight, ascending yellow/orange lobes. Apothecia are usually absent but are sometimes found on edges of the lobes, usually with the margins contorted. Chemical reaction: K+ red.

Similar Species

Xanthoria polycarpa can look similar.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Nutrient-rich fences, gravestones and sometimes on backs, walls and stone.

When to see it

All year

UK Status

Uncommon but more widespread in the south.

VC55 Status

Rare but expanding its range in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map