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Snow lichen

Pulchrocladia retipora

Description:

When this lichen fruits it presents a delicate net-like fungal body consisting of tubes, leaves and arms all with holes of about 3-5mm diameter.
En masse it can resemble a light sprinkling of snow. This display covered many hundreds of square metres.

Habitat:

In a national park on a cleared fire track with very sandy soil. Decent rain had fallen about 4 days previously.

Notes:

Pulchrocladia retipora was the first Australian lichen to be described in a scientific publication.
Ascomycota; Pezizomycotina; Lecanoromycetes; Lecanoromycetidae; Lecanorales; Cladoniaceae; Cladia
https://bie.ala.org.au/species/NZOR-4-88...
http://lichenportal.org/portal/taxa/inde...
https://www.anbg.gov.au/abrs/lichenlist/...

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2 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Thanks Jim. Yes it certainly looks marine.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 2 years ago

Mark, at first glance, I thought this was coral. Nice spotting!

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Spotted on Jun 6, 2018
Submitted on Jun 11, 2018

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