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Christmas Wreath Lichen

Cryptothecia rubrocincta


The lichen was seen on several trees varying in size from just 2 cm to over 10 cm. It was a strawberry red with shades of white mixed in.


This Lichen was found on a tree that would be subject to partial sunlight at least. It is located on the edge of the Amazon rainforest in SE Ecuador at an elevation of 3,420 ft.


I noticed this red lichen on several trees in the immediate area.

1 species ID suggestions

Brian38 a month ago
Christmas Wreath Lichen
Cryptothecia rubrocincta Cryptothecia rubrocincta - Wikipedia


Brian38 a month ago

Your welcome Tukup! According to Wikipedia it does exist throughout much of South America. It seams to have a bit of variability to its appearance as well. I'll probably post another spotting of it soon.

Tukup a month ago

Thanks Brian. I wrote this to you before but don't see it now. I wonder who I sent it to :-( I thought you were close but not right on because of the colors on the picture on Wiki, but after looking around I find many with your ID that are exact matches. Looks like you nailed it. Thanks so much.

Brian38 a month ago

Beauty Tukup! Do you happen to know what the tree species is? It might help in determining an ID.

Shell, Pastaza, Ecuador

Lat: -1.50, Long: -78.05

Spotted on Feb 12, 2019
Submitted on Feb 12, 2019

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