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  • Lithographa tesserata (DC.) Nyl.
Lithographa tesserata
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This is a conspicuous siliceous rock-inhabiting lichen of moist, upland, vertical rock faces. It has a white to grey areolate thallus studded with small clusters of short black, stumpy, Graphis-like, slit-topped discs (lirellae). The species has simple spores. Spot tests: K+yellow-red, PD+ orange. The one old record from County Galway is now considered doubtful. A fresh search for the species in Ireland is required.

Key characteristics

  • K+ yellow-red, PD + orange thallus, white to grey, areolate, 4-5cm diam.; prothallus black, visible between the areoles
  • Discs (lirellae) stout, clustered with simple spores; shady vertical walls of siliceous rock in the mountains.

Original text submitted by Vince J. Giavarini

 Simms, M. J., (2016). Lithographa tesserata (DC.) Nyl.. [In] LichenIreland.
http://www.habitas.org.uk/lichenireland/species.asp?item=18794 Accessed on 2017-11-18.