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Lobaria amplissima (Scop.) Forssell


Thallus grey-white (more greenish when wet), smooth, lacking soredia or isidia, though commonly with large (to 2cm height), dark brown or black, coralloid cephalodia (visible in the upper part of the photograph); apothecia red-brown, not common. On nutrient-rich bark and branches, rarely rocks, in parkland and old forest, restricted to unpolluted areas and now rare except in western Scotland.

Refs: Smith et al. (2009), 561; Purvis et al. (1992), 362; Dobson (2005), 254 (photo); Dobson (2011), 261 (photo); Jahns (1983), 242-243 (photo); Whelan (2011), 111 (photos); Nordic Lichen Flora (2007) 3: 78, 188 (photo); van Haluwyn et al. (2009), 36-7 (photos); Wirth (1995), 2: 560 (photo); Wirth, Hauck & Schulz (2013), 1: 86 & 2: 1000 (photos, as Ricasolia amplissima); Frahm et al. (2010), 112 (photo), 113; Moberg & Holmåson (1984), 181 (photo); Holien & Tønsberg (2008), 112 (photo); Thor & Arvidsson (1999), 219, 282 & 283 (photos); Arup et al. (1997), 188 (photo); Stenroos et al. (2011), 260-1 (photo); Valcárcel et al. (2003), 244-5 (photo); Puntillo (1996), plate 24 (photo); Lichen Atlas of the British Isles 3: 855 (1998).

FGBI: http://fungi.myspecies.info/all-fungi/lobaria-amplissima

Lobaria amplissima
Taymouth, Perthshire, April 2002


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