• Physcia dubia (Hoffm.) Lettau
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Physcia dubia
© Mike Simms
Physcia dubia
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P. dubia is a medium-sized rosette-forming lichen of nutrient-enriched brick wall tops and roofing tiles and other non-calcareous habitats. In habit, it is intermediate between P. caesia and P. tenella (both described elsewhere) with a firmly attached thallus and sorediate, narrowly radiating lobes, slightly splayed at the ends. The K- medulla and lack of marginal cilia should distinguish it from all other lookalikes but P. tribacia which can also have terminal lip-shaped soralia, but usually that species has a paler grey thallus and an overlapping structure. In Ireland, the species has a scattered distribution.

Key characteristics

  • Rosette-forming, dingy-grey with radiating lobes and terminal gritty soredia
  • Soralia: lip-shaped; K- medulla, cilia absent around the edges of the thallus; enriched siliceous rock.

Original text submitted by Vince J. Giavarini

 Simms, M. J., (2016). Physcia dubia (Hoffm.) Lettau. [In] LichenIreland. Accessed on 2020-07-03.