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Hypotrachyna taylorensis (M.E. Mitch.) Hale
(= Parmelia taylorensis M.E. Mitch.)
Thallus foliose, light grey, lobes rounded or rather square at the tips and with side-lobes curved around to enclose the sinuses, edges turned down and tinged tan-brown, surface initially smooth but in older lobes becoming obscurely reticulate and readily abrading, with production of numerous lobules, undersurface black, dark brown at margins, with repeatedly branched rhizines, soralia absent; apothecia rare. Lobes overlap and have been described by Dobson (2005, 2011) as "like ripples of waves on a sandy beach". Very local in high rainfall areas of western Britain, on mossy trunks and rocks, generally in ancient woodland.
Refs: Smith et al. (2009), 442; Purvis et al. (1992), 431 (as Parmelia); Dobson (2005), 195 (photo); Dobson (2011), 200 (photo); Jahns (1983), 196-7 (photo, as Parmelia); Lichen Atlas of the British Isles 1: 1023 (1995) (as Parmelia).
|On base of old Birch (Betula pubescens) trunk, Craighouse, Jura, May 2011 (BLS meeting).|
|On humid, mossy rocks in open woodland, Ty Canol, Pembrokeshire, May 2009.|
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