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Lichen: Lecanora chlarotera

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Lichen: Lecanora chlarotera

A smoothish, grey background (the thallus) with reddish brown discs (the apothecia) growing on tree bark indicates that this is almost certainly Lecanora chlarotera.

This is a very common crustose lichen and is widespread and common on smooth, nutrient-rich tree bark, both trunks and branches and it is a characteristic early coloniser of young, planted, semi-urban trees, as in supermarket car-parks. [ http://www.lichens.lastdragon.org/Lecanora_chlarotera.html]. It can also be frequently found on fences and timber. 

To me it looks like the surface of the moon and that helps me remember it!


 

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