• Bryoria capillaris (Ach.) Brodo & D.Hawksw.
Bryoria capillaris
Click on map to open large map in new window
(Map updated: 11 August 2009)

Click here to view an interactive map of the Northern Ireland dataset as currently collated by CEDaR.
The map is generated through the NBN Gateway using their Interactive Mapping Tool.


This rare, mid- to pale grey, epiphytic ‘beard lichen’ has slender, hanging branches with (or without) soralia (to 0.5mm diam.) which appear like spots. Barbs (spinules) are absent from the branches. The medulla is K+ yellow. This is essentially a plant of relict pinewoods, though in Ireland in the past, it has favoured larch and oak.

Key characteristics

  • ‘Beard lichen’, grey-coloured with slender pendant branches; often with soralia, medulla K+ yellow
  • Without spinules; secluded acid sites protected from effects of dust contamination; on larch or oak.

Original text submitted by Vince J. Giavarini

 Simms, M. J., (2016). Bryoria capillaris (Ach.) Brodo & D.Hawksw.. [In] LichenIreland. Accessed on 2018-08-16.