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Gold dust lichen

Chrysothrix sp.


A bright yellow crustose lichen with a thin thallus.


Spotted on dead leaves (bootjacks) of a Sabal palm tree. Located on the North side of the tree and somewhat in a protected area in a backyard.

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SukanyaDatta 5 months ago

Thanks Brian, I finally managed to see some coloured lichens of my own!

Brian38 6 months ago

Wow! Thanks everyone for all the wonderful comments and for the SOTD!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 months ago

Congrats Brian. Super cheerful spotting.

Amazing find Brian,beautiful striking collour,your lichen collection is astonishing,super work,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

SukanyaDatta 6 months ago

Congratulations Brian....and thanks for reminding me about the macaques...it is a nice thought to counter the envy :)....i do see lichens in some of the more pristine areas I visit...but till now none i have seen are as colourful as the ones you have posted...the colours are so unexpected...so vivid. Thank you, machi....you are right lichens are everywhere except in polluted metro cities....:(

DanielePralong 6 months ago

Congratulations Brian, your gold dust lichen is our Spotting of the Day! You are spoiling us with marvelous lichens at the moment!

"Nothing like a splash of yellow to brighten up your Tuesday! This Gold Dust Lichen (Chrysothrix sp.) is our Spotting of the Day. Lichens in the genus Chrysothrix are characterized by a bright yellow color, which is due to the presence of derivatives of a compound known as pulvinic acid. Chrysothrix grows on a variety of substrates such rock and wood, and has a broad distribution which includes Europe, North America, Australia, South America, and India".



Machi 6 months ago

I second Brian's comment Sukanya! There are lichens everywhere! Even Antarctica. I am sure once you look, you will see them in more places than you could have imagined.

Brian38 6 months ago

Thanks Sukanya. I'm sure there are beautiful lichens where you live somewhere. If not at least you have cool macaques that hop on motorcycles.

SukanyaDatta 6 months ago

Brian...we have a festival in India...it is called HOLI. People spray colours on each other. But that is just once a year...to celebrate the onset of spring. I think the lichens you see come alive at night and play Holi everyday! Honestly, WHERE are you finding these...all I get are greenish-white ones!! So totally envious (but in a nice way)....

Brian38 6 months ago

Ha ha thanks Mark! I need to find a blue one.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 months ago

Wow !! Red then yellow. Don't get caught with those spray cans Brian.

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Orange Beach, Alabama, USA

Lat: 30.28, Long: -87.57

Spotted on Jan 23, 2019
Submitted on Feb 4, 2019

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