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Verrucaria nigrescens Pers.


Thallus cracked-areolate, dark brown to black, greener when wet, prothallus black, extending under the areoles (section); perithecia small, projecting little above the surfaces of the areoles. Widespread and often common on calcareous rocks, mortar, cement and stonework, including limestone memorials and gravestones.

Refs: Smith et al. (2009), 953; Purvis et al. (1992), 639; Orange (2008); Dobson (2005), 456-7 (photo); Dobson (2011), 464 (photo); van Herk & Aptroot (2004, 2013), 386-7 (photo); Wirth et al. (2004), 257 (photo); Wirth, Hauck & Schulz (2013), 2: 1145 (photo), 1158; Thomson (1997), 622, 623 (photo).

 
Verrucaria nigrescens
On limestone rocks, Schiehallion, Perthshire, April 2003


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