• Bacidia trachona (Ach.) Lettau
Bacidia trachona
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B. trachona is a crustose lichen of shady, siliceous rock habitats such as overhung, lough shore and tarn-edge margins. It is here that it often grows with B. carneoglauca in tiny rock caves where it can spread to tree roots. Commonly, B. trachona is found without discs. The thin, grey-green (Pd+ red) thallus is minutely granular and peppered with conspicuous black pycnidia. Discs, when present, are flat, black with a K+ purple, dark red-brown hypothecium. In Ireland the species is known from Counties Kerry, Donegal and Antrim.

Key characteristics

  • Thin, grey, Pd+ red thallus, sprinkled with conspicuous black pycnidia
  • Grows in sheltered niches such as by stony lakes where loose rocky material has been weathered like scree from above.

Original text submitted by Vince J. Giavarini

 Simms, M. J., (2016). Bacidia trachona (Ach.) Lettau. [In] LichenIreland. Accessed on 2020-07-03.