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Ochrolechia parella (L.) A.Massal.


Thallus crustose, usually warted, pale grey to buff, soredia generally absent (unless the result of a fungal infection, see Dobson); apothecia usually abundant, thick-rimmed, with pale pink-brown discs, but with the disk surface usually covered by a thick, grey-white pruina. Widespread and often common on base-poor rocks and walls, frequently abundant on rocks above the shoreline, sometimes on nutrient-poor tree bark.

Refs: Smith et al. (2009), 629; Purvis et al. (1992), 399; Dobson (2005), 284-285 (photo); Dobson (2011), 289 (photo); Dalby & Dalby (2005), 21 (photo); Jahns (1983), 254-255 (photo); Allen (2007), 18, 35 & 48 (photos); Whelan (2011), 118 (photo); van Herk & Aptroot (2004, 2013), 262-263 (photo); Wirth (1995), 2: 612; Wirth et al. (2004), 222 (photo); Wirth, Hauck & Schulz (2013), 2: 783 (photo), 845; Moberg & Holmåson (1984), 207 (photo); Valcárcel et al. (2003), 256-7 (photo); Puntillo (1996), plate 26 (photo).

Host to the parasitic lichen, Rhizocarpon ochrolechiae.

FGBI: http://fungi.myspecies.info/all-fungi/ochrolechia-parella

Ochrolechia parella
Ochrolechia parella
Ochrolechia parella
On siliceous coastal rocks, Prawle Point, Devon, August 2011
 
Ochrolechia parella
Ochrolechia parella, close-up view of apothecia
Grey variant, on siliceous rock island in loch, South Uist, Outer Hebrides, July 2006


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