• Phaeographis dendritica (Ach.) Müll.Arg. [30]
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Phaeographis dendritica
© Mike Simms
Phaeographis dendritica
© Mike Simms
Phaeographis dendritica
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This bark epiphyte, with creamy white thallus resembles the ‘scripture lichens’ Graphis, but differs in the discs (lirellae) that are flattened and frosted instead of grooved and plain. From above, the configuration of discs can resemble a satellite image of the drainage pattern of a large river basin. It occurs widely on smooth-barked trees and while indicative of more ancient woodland in Britain, it appears not so fussy in Ireland. A dab of Potassium hydroxide (K) will turn the thallus yellow.

Key characteristics

  • The relatively large, flattened, non-grooved, star-shaped discs serve to distinguish it from Graphis
  • White frosting may obscure the colour of these discs.

Original text submitted by Simon Davey

 Simms, M. J., (2016). Phaeographis dendritica (Ach.) Müll.Arg. [30]. [In] LichenIreland. Accessed on 2018-08-16.