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Cryptolechia carneolutea (Turner) A.Massal.


Thallus thin, matt, chalky white or faintly glaucous (green-blueish), smooth or cracked; apothecia pinkish orange to pale brownish orange, initially set in the thallus, rims somewhat crenate or minutely, radially striate, later becoming turned under, asci up to 16-spored, ascospores mostly 3-septate. On trees with nutrient rich bark, principally Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra), where mature trees still survive, Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) and Ivy (Hedera), now more or less confined to woodland and parkland near the south coast, formerly with a few scattered records further north. Compare with Pachyphiale carneola.
British Red Data Book species: vulnerable.

Refs: Smith et al. (2009), 364; Purvis et al. (1992), 227; Dobson (2005), 157 (photo); Dobson (2011), 164 (photo).

Cryptolechia carneola
Cryptolechia carneola
Cryptolechia carneola
Cryptolechia carneola
Cryptolechia carneola
On shaded trunk of Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) in coastal woodland, Slapton Ley, Devon, August 2011


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