• Anisomeridium polypori (Ellis & Everh.) M.E.Barr
Anisomeridium polypori
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This rather insignificant crustose species grows best on elder bark but can sometimes be found among the low-vegetation of sea cliffs. Its most distinctive feature is the tiny black, conical pycnidia which through a lens look like an up-ended filter funnel. It is common on suitable substrates throughout Ireland, and is probably greatly under-recorded.

Key characteristics

  • It is easily recognised by the tiny spiked pycnidia that look like upturned funnels
  • It is a soft-bark species, so learn it first by searching elder bushes growing along waysides.

Original text submitted by Simon Davey

 Simms, M. J., (2016). Anisomeridium polypori (Ellis & Everh.) M.E.Barr. [In] LichenIreland. Accessed on 2019-01-19.