• Bryoria capillaris (Ach.) Brodo & D.Hawksw.
Bryoria capillaris
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This rare, mid- to pale grey, epiphytic ‘beard lichen’ has slender, hanging branches with (or without) soralia (to 0.5mm diam.) which appear like spots. Barbs (spinules) are absent from the branches. The medulla is K+ yellow. This is essentially a plant of relict pinewoods, though in Ireland in the past, it has favoured larch and oak.

Key characteristics

  • ‘Beard lichen’, grey-coloured with slender pendant branches; often with soralia, medulla K+ yellow
  • Without spinules; secluded acid sites protected from effects of dust contamination; on larch or oak.

Original text submitted by Vince J. Giavarini

 Simms, M. J., (2016). Bryoria capillaris (Ach.) Brodo & D.Hawksw.. [In] LichenIreland. Accessed on 2019-08-18.