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Driftwood Rim-Lichen

Lecanora xylophila


Lecanora xylophila is a beautiful rim lichen with a silvery white thallus and a dark red to brown apothecia. Found on driftwood that is close to the sea.


Found on an old driftwood log on the beach at Joseph Whidbey State Park. The environment of the beach habitat can be a harsh one. Really hard for organisms to exist here with shifting sands, pounding waves, sea spray and an almost constant wind, but this is where Lecanora xylophila (Driftwood Rim-Lichen) thrives.

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Brian38 a month ago

Thank you Lauren and António for your kind words. It really was an interesting find, especially being close to the surf.

Very nice spotting Brian,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

LaurenZarate a month ago

Congratulations Brian! Love all your lichens and fungi!

Brian38 a month ago

Thank you so much Daniele!

DanielePralong a month ago

Congratulations Brian, your Driftwood Rim-Lichen is our Spotting of the Day!

"Spotting of the Day! Some lichens thrive in extreme conditions, such as this beautifully patterned Driftwood Rim-Lichen, Lecanora xylophila. Lichens are composite organisms that result from the cooperation between algae or cyanobacteria and fungi. Members of the lichen genus Lecanora have roughly circular fruiting discs (apothecia) with rims. In Lecanora xylophila the non-fruiting part of the lichen body (thallus) is contrasting in a silvery white color".



Washington, USA

Lat: 48.31, Long: -122.72

Spotted on Dec 8, 2018
Submitted on Dec 11, 2018

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