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Lichina pygmaea (Lightf.) C.Agardh

Thallus in tufts or forming carpets, to 1cm in height, fruticose, gelatinous, branches flattened, tips palmately divided, smell of embrocation when crushed; apothecia spherical, on the tips of the branches. On rocky shores, especially in the north and west, typically below high water mark.

Refs: Smith et al. (2009), 557; Purvis et al. (1992), 360; Dobson (2005), 252-3 (photo); Dobson (2011), 259 (photo); Jahns (1983), 234-235 (photo); Nordic Lichen Flora (2007) 3: 60, 187 (photo); Wirth et al. (2004), 55 (photo); Valcárcel et al. (2003), 242-3 (photo).

Lichina pygmaea
Lichina pygmaea
Lichina pygmaea, close view
Lichina pygmaea, close view
On coastal rocks, Prawle Point, Devon, August 2011
Lichina pygmaea, close view, dry
Lichina pygmaea, close view, wet
Apothecial material from colony shown above, Prawle Point, Devon, August 2011, dry and wet state

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