• Fulgensia fulgens (Sw.) Elenkin
Fulgensia fulgens
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Unmistakable and conspicuous in its natural habitat of compacted shell-sand, ‘Scrambled-egg lichen’ Fulgensia fulgens is an iconic member of the Irish lichen flora. The orange-yellow, rosette-forming, ground-hugging thallus can reach up to 3cm diam. Deep orange discs are usually present; thallus K+ purple. The lichen is restricted to just one site in County Wexford.

Key characteristics

  • Rather delicate and friable orange-yellow to pale egg-yellow, K+ purple thallus
  • Associated with stable areas of shell-sand dunes.

Original text submitted by Vince J. Giavarini

 Simms, M. J., (2016). Fulgensia fulgens (Sw.) Elenkin. [In] LichenIreland. Accessed on 2019-10-14.