• Opegrapha varia Pers.
Opegrapha varia
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This crustose epiphyte is one of the ‘scripture lichens’. The thallus is faint, grey or brown and the discs (lirellae) may open almost to their limit. The variably sized discs are frequently covered over with a yellow or grey dusting of pruina. It is a common species of older, shaded trees with dry, basic bark (such as ash and sycamore). It is frequent in suitable habitats throughout Ireland.

Key characteristics

  • On dry basic bark; discs often fully open with a yellow or grey dusting of pruina
  • Under the microscope, spores are four-six-septate (three-septate in O. herbarum, which has less opened discs and lacks pruina).

Original text submitted by Simon Davey

 Simms, M. J., (2016). Opegrapha varia Pers.. [In] LichenIreland. Accessed on 2019-03-25.