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Lichen: Amandinea punctata

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Name: Amandinea punctata (Hoffm.) Coppins & Scheid.

Punctuation: Amandinia punctata

The apothecia occur in clusters.

The apothecia occur in clusters.

Conservation Evaluation: Least Concern
Body Type: Crustose

The rim on the apothecia.

The rim on the apothecia.

map-amandinea-punctataDescription: Lumpy but thin crustose thallus. Sometimes smooth. Light in colour and often grey, dark grey or with a green tint. A prothallus is rarely present. The thallus is highly populated with small apothecia (< 0.6mm). Apothecial discs are flat to convex with rim and disc the same colour. Rim is a different colour from the thallus.

Chemical Tests: K-, (although it may go pale yellow)
Nature Notes: Fence posts, rocks, bird perches. Tolerant of air pollution (SO2) and farm fertilizers. A widespread species, particularly in the East and Midlands of Ireland.
Vice county distribution map: See Map
Link: Map this species on the Lichen Survey
Other species recorded in Ireland:

  • Amandinea coniops (Wahlenb. ex Ach.) M.Choisy ex Scheid. & H.Mayrhofer

Text and images © Paul Whelan, 2009.