• Opegrapha vermicellifera (Kunze) J.R.Laundon
Opegrapha vermicellifera
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This shy, neutral- to basic-barked, tree-trunk ‘bottom dweller’, with a thin grey thallus, draws the attention of the searcher by its subtle speckling of white spots (pycnidia) and few discs (lirellae). Lecanactis subabietina also boasts white pycnidia but they are chalkier, very prominent (‘in your face’) and always on acid-barked trees. The related Lecanactis abietina has thinner, neat upright pycnidia that react C+ red; this is also an acid-bark species. In Ireland, O. vermicellifera is scattered but grows most commonly on the dry sheltered bark of sycamore and ash.

Key characteristics

  • Grey thallus with a sprinkling of tiny, white pycnidia (C-) towards the bottom of trees with basic bark
  • The discs are slits, but these are often absent.

Original text submitted by Vince J. Giavarini

 Simms, M. J., (2016). Opegrapha vermicellifera (Kunze) J.R.Laundon. [In] LichenIreland. Accessed on 2019-01-23.