Xanthoria elegans


A leafy lichen which may be yellow to deep orange in colour with very narrow (< 1mm), adpressed, somewhat serpentine lobes.

Identification difficulty

On nutrient-enriched rocks, walls, concrete etc.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread and locally common in Britain, though tending to be more frequent in upland areas.

VC55 Status

Local in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map