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Melanelia hepatizon & Montanelia panniformis

  • 11 Apr 2020 4:54 AM
    Message # 8893218

    How common, uncommon, or rare are Melanelia hepatizon & Montanelia panniformis in Oregon? How about on the coast? Where have you seen them?

  • 12 Apr 2020 7:31 PM
    Reply # 8895354 on 8893218
    Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    My 2 cents...

    Melanelia hepatizon, very common from Alaska to northern Rockies. It also pops up in Coast Range and Cascades in Oregon mid to high elevation, but I only have a couple of records.

    Montanelia panniformis, Seems to be very widespread in western states, occurring in low elevation to montane. Maybe locally common? I feel like I see it when looking for Umbilicaria and Stereocaulon but don't usually collect it.

    I think that both of these fall into the category of species without that many collections in the PNW, but if more people were looking at rocks they wouldn't be that hard to find.

  • 13 Apr 2020 11:50 AM
    Reply # 8896592 on 8893218

    I had one location in Kittitas County, WA on the West side of Lake Kachess for Melanelia hepatizon lat 47.314807 lon-121.255824  elev. 2726 feet.  on boulder, NE facing wooded (Abies, Tsuga, Pseudotsuga) slope; apothecia present

    Also had one Kittitas County location of Montanelia (Melanelia) panniformis from North slope Mt. Amabilis, facing Lake Kachess at lat 47.297988 lon -121.249769 elev. 3057 ft. in conifer forest on steep, moist cliffs.   Both were on USFS.

  • 15 Apr 2020 10:52 AM
    Reply # 8901729 on 8893218

    Thanks for the info Jack & Bruce.

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