• Agyrium rufum (Pers.) Fr.
Agyrium rufum
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This non-lichenised, crustose species occurs as a pale stain on heather stems, dead and worked timber, especially that of conifers. It is suggested that it is common, but it is certainly under-recorded in Ireland.

Key characteristics

  • The pale, stain-like thallus with scattered red discs on dead wood suggests this species
  • The gelatinous, convex discs (to 1mm diam.) that are a rich red to orange-brown should be examined through the microscope. The simple spores often has a central oil drop.

Original text submitted by Simon Davey

 Simms, M. J., (2016). Agyrium rufum (Pers.) Fr.. [In] LichenIreland. Accessed on 2018-07-19.