Pachyphiale ophiospora


Pachyphiale ophiospora

Lettau (1937)
Gyalecta ophiospora
Conservation Status
NE NR (Key)
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General Description

This lichen is similar to Pachyphiale carneola, with but differs by its spirally curved ascospores that are helically arranged inside the ascus. A boreal species recently discovered in Scotland on a Pine in temperate rain forest within a ravine in western Scotland (W. Inverness) and on Birch in a sub-oceanic Birch stand within a native pinewood site in Speyside (Moray). Subsequently also found in central Wales (Radnor), so this lichens needs to be looked out for in upland woods generally.

Probably previously overlooked but likely to be rare and potentially threatened.

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