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Leptogium burgessii (L.) Mont.
Thallus gelatinous, lobes greenish to dark brown, convoluted, with abundant folioles (small, leaf-like structures) produced from the surfaces and margins, lower surfaces minutely pubescent; apothecia frequent, with red-brown to dark brown discs and with margins beset with abundant folioles, giving the apothecia the appearance of tiny, jelly sunflowers. On mossy, shaded, nutrient-rich trees and rocks, especially in old woodland in the oceanic west, a 'Celtic rainforest' species.
Refs: Smith et al. (2009), 545; Purvis et al. (1992), 352; Dobson (2005), 248 (photo); Dobson (2011), 253 (photo); Jahns (1983), 184-5 (photo); Nordic Lichen Flora (2007) 3: 33, 184 (photo, dry specimen); Holien & Tønsberg (2008), 129 (photo).
I am not a fan of newly made up, so-called 'common names' for lichens, which take at least a generation to become commonly understood and lack the necessary precision usually provided by Latin names. However, to me, and perhaps forever only me, this is the 'Jelly Sunflower Lichen'.
|On mossy trunk, Glen Nant, Argyllshire, December, 2009
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