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I guess it's a fungus, but looks like a bunch of flowers in miniature. It is relatively common where this specimen was found.


Brazil's interior, MG state. It clings to the stem of live plants in a well-shaded and moist environment.


Like most fungi, it is remarkable super sensitivity of this species with respect to the environment where it proliferates. Just a little more light available, in addition to the ideal, can decimate it. Three days after pruning the plant where he was was enough for him to disintegrate completely.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Common orange lichen, yellow scale, maritime sunburst lichen and shore lichen.
Xanthoria parietina Xanthoria parietina
orbea 7 years ago
Teloschistes Teloschistes of North America

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25 Comments (1–25)

HikingColombia 6 years ago


SarahWhitt 7 years ago

what a BEAUTY!! :)

It is a beautiful thing. Not so interested in Lichen but this one is so beautiful I went in the internet and search for the ID it was given to you. Hope you get an ID, Leonardo Castro.

Leonardo Castro
Leonardo Castro 7 years ago

Thank you, orbea. Yes, Teloschistes! Maybe Teloschistes exilis. I'll check it out! Thanks so much for the suggestion!

orbea 7 years ago

This is not Xanthoria parietina, Xanthoria, or Xanthomendoza. Those are all lobed, X. parietina has rather broad lobes too.

Leonardo Castro
Leonardo Castro 7 years ago

Thank you Mark and MayraSpringmann! Mark, I'm pretty sure that is the Prunus persica.

MayraSpringmann 7 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Beautiful lichen. Do you know the species of plant it was on?

Leonardo Castro
Leonardo Castro 7 years ago

Thank you SanjaySaklani, AshleyT, mcaul6515 and Agustín! Agustín, yes, in my Internet searches I've found many similar species, but the exactly one I have not found yet. Precisely because of those "hairs". The Teloschistes Chrysophthalmus by Braulio's suggestion is the one closest so far, but unfortunately still not 100% equal. Thank you!

Very pretty, seems happy with moisture.
It's structure is similar to the Teloschistes Chrysophthalmus, but they tend to be more orange and have “hairs” coming out of the “eyes” (apothecia).

mcaul6515 7 years ago

So pretty, it looks like an alien plant :)

AshleyT 7 years ago

What a neat find, Leonardo! It's like a bouquet of lichen :)

Leonardo Castro
Leonardo Castro 7 years ago

Yes, Braulio. Thank you so much for the tip, my friend. In fact it is quite similar!! I'll see if I can get on a more accurate conclusion with this new information. Thank you, again. I really appreciate it.

Hi Leonardo!
This is some kind of Lichen, I think.
Probably Teloschistes Chrysophthalmus.
Amazing capture, by the way!

Leonardo Castro
Leonardo Castro 7 years ago

Thank you, guys!

MartaRawlings 7 years ago

It's beautiful!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 7 years ago

Cool! This lichen looks like a species from other planet! Thanks for sharing, Castro!

KarenL 7 years ago


Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Wonderful :)

Leonardo Castro
Leonardo Castro 7 years ago

Thank you, S Frazier and sintija.valucka!

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 7 years ago

Wonderful picture!!! :)

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago


Leonardo Castro
Leonardo Castro 7 years ago

Nice!! Thank you very much, my friends. Yes! No doubt this is a lichen. Letharia, maybe, but It's hard for me to say what exactly. Thank you all!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 7 years ago

wow really cool :)

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 7 years ago

Reminds me more of a lichen. Pretty cool, Leonardo.

Leonardo Castro
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Leonardo Castro

Minas Gerais, Brazil

Spotted on Jan 22, 2011
Submitted on Sep 7, 2013

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