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Sterile Aspicilia?

  • 14 Dec 2021 2:38 PM
    Message # 12193059

    This lichen is growing on sandstone.  From the morphology it looks like an Aspicilia, but I am stuck.  In sectioning the black, what looks like apothecia, all I find are parenchyma type cells below the upper dark surface cells.  

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  • 15 Dec 2021 9:01 AM
    Reply # 12194733 on 12193059
    Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    Sterile Aspicilia looks like a reasonable guess. There are a number of species (and genera) where the areoles can have pale edges or lines and make them look like apothecia.

  • 16 Dec 2021 8:24 AM
    Reply # 12196971 on 12193059

    Thank you Bruce for your reply.  I assume that this is far as I can go, or could TLC help?

  • 17 Dec 2021 6:55 AM
    Reply # 12198777 on 12193059
    Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    It is very unlikely that TLC would help in this case.

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