• Caloplaca ceracea J.R.Laundon [3]
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Caloplaca ceracea
© Mike Simms
Caloplaca ceracea
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This grey, crustose, maritime lichen with rust-brown discs is only likely to be confused with C. crenularia (described elsewhere) since they both occur on siliceous coastal rocks where their habitats overlap. To differentiate them, it is best to examine the discs closely for two key characters. In C. ceracea the margin of the disc (exciple) is dull and matt when dry. Also, the discs when wetted become greenish. In C. crenularia the dry disc exciple is smooth and shiny and when wetted the discs remain rust-red. It is frequent in suitable habitats throughout Ireland but rarer in the south and south-east.

Key characteristics

  • Edge of the disc (exciple) is dull and matt (sometimes with a faint dusting of pruina)
  • The disc when wet turns greenish.

Original text submitted by Vince J. Giavarini

 Simms, M. J., (2016). Caloplaca ceracea J.R.Laundon [3]. [In] LichenIreland. Accessed on 2020-07-14.