• Lempholemma cladodes (Tuck.) Zahlbr.
Lempholemma  cladodes
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A classic species of water-filled depressions on the Carboniferous limestone of the Burren, and at both inland and coastal sites along the western seaboard of Ireland, L. cladodes begins life as a tiny cushion of underwater jelly. Later this innocuous shape branches to produce lobes with swollen lobe-ends, which are its trademark. Often these detach to form globular balls like bits of sponge.

Key characteristics

  • Thallus cushion-like at first, then with lobes with conspicuous swollen ends
  • In watery depressions in limestone ledges.

Original text submitted by Vince J. Giavarini

 Simms, M. J., (2016). Lempholemma cladodes (Tuck.) Zahlbr.. [In] LichenIreland. Accessed on 2018-07-19.