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Lung lichen (Lobaria pulmonaria) discovered by Marnhull (#79)

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Sighting Info

Observed: January 24, 2010 @ 4:00 PM
Posted on: January 24, 2010 @ 5:14 PM (diff: 0 days)
Unidentified lichen and moss? on White spruce (Picea glauca) and Balsam fir (Abies balsamea). Fingers for scale. Flash used on leafy lichen image.

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By Lessa on 1/27/2010 10:23:32 AM

Nice photos - thanks for the fingers for scale. None are Erioderma (Boreal felt lichen) but that is a spectacular specimen of Lobelia pulmonaria ("lung" lichen) - the big leafy one. So called because the lobes resemble the lobes in the lung.

By Lessa on 1/29/2010 5:51:44 AM

I've asked a few people who know more about lichens than I. They stress that to really ID properly you need to be in the field with a hand lens, and sometimes take a specimen for examination under a microscope.

By Lessa on 1/29/2010 5:52:49 AM

They think: photo 2 (on the spruce): moss tufts are Ulota spp. and the lichen is likely genus Parmelia probably P. squarrosa.

By Lessa on 1/29/2010 5:53:45 AM

And Photo 3: Moss is unidentifiable. Greenish veil at the top is a liverwort (possibly Ptilidium pulcheremum) and the lichen is again a Parmelia again probably P. sqarrosa.

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