• Lecania cuprea (A.Massal.) Van den Boom & Coppins
Lecania cuprea
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In areas of natural limestone this shade-loving, crustose lichen will be growing nearly everywhere in deep crevices and underhangs frequently with Verrucaria elaeina and leprose lichens. The scurfy thallus is only a few centimetres wide, usually pale green, and easily overlooked as a stain. The discs are small (0.2-0.5mm diam.) in colours of beige or orange-pink; it is this which will attract your attention. Mainly western Ireland (County Clare)

Key characteristics

  • Discs orange-pink or beige on a greenish thallus; natural limestone crevices
  • On limestone rock: shaded faces, dry underhangs, crevices, deep hollows and at the base of limestone boulders where they make contact with the ground.

Original text submitted by Vince J. Giavarini

 Simms, M. J., (2016). Lecania cuprea (A.Massal.) Van den Boom & Coppins. [In] LichenIreland. Accessed on 2019-01-21.