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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map