Erythricium aurantiacum

    Alternative names
    Marchandiomyces aurantiacus

    A lichenicolous fungus with orange sclerotia found on dead and dying areas of the host thallus; sexual stage not recorded in Britain. 

    Identification difficulty
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    Described as a virulent parasite of corticolous Physcia spp., occasionally also attacking neighbouring thalli of other lichens.

    When to see it

    All year.

    UK Status

    Quite widespread in Britain but not particularly well recorded.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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