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Bunodophoron melanocarpum (Sw.) Wedin

Thallus fruticose, grey-green, somewhat fern-like in tiers, or tufted and coral-like, with main branches flattened, final branches short, stubby, or extending to become cylindrical, finger-like; apothecia black, on the tips of the branches, releasing spores in a powdery mass. On mossy rocks and banks, typically in open woodland, locally frequent in the north and west, very rare elsewhere.

Refs: Smith et al. (2009), 239; Purvis et al. (1992), 568 (as Sphaerophorus melanocarpus); Dobson (2005), 90-1 (photo); Dobson (2011), 98-9 (photo); Jahns (1983), 180-1 (photo); Whelan (2011), 56 (photo); Wirth, Hauck & Schulz (2013), 1: 253 (photo); Nordic Lichen Flora (1999) 1: 21, 91 (photo); Holien & Tønsberg (2008), 134 (photo); McCune & Geiser (2009), 45 (photo).


Bunodophoron melanocarpum, close-up
On mossy bank in Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea) woodland, Loch Lomond, Stirlingshire, May 2010

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