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Protoblastenia rupestris (Scop.) J.Steiner


Thallus thin, greenish, pale to orange-grey, or grey-brown, areolate; apothecia pale to deep orange, often strongly convex, not set in pits. Widespread and often common on chalk and limestone rocks, concrete, mortar of old walls and similar calcareous substrates. Resembles Caloplaca species, such as C. flavovirescens, and might well be frequently recorded as that species, but the apothecia lack thick 'proper' margins.

Refs: Smith et al. (2009), 751; Purvis et al. (1992), 501; Dobson (2005), 364 (photo); Dobson (2011), 368 (photo); Whelan (2011), 134 (photo); van Herk & Aptroot (2004, 2013), 320-1 (photo); Valcárcel et al. (2003), 326-7 (photo); Wirth (1995), 2: 773, 774 (photo); Wirth et al. (2004), 245 (photo); Wirth, Hauck & Schulz (2013), 2: 929 (photo); Hansen & Andersen (1995), 109 (photo); Brodo et al. (2001), 586 (photo); Thomson (1997), 502.

Protoblastenia rupestris
Protoblastenia rupestris
On limestone gravestone, Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex, May 2012
 
Protoblastenia rupestris
On calcareous stonework of old bridge, Glen Tilt, Perthshire, April 2008


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