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  • Halecania viridescens Coppins & P.James
Halecania viridescens
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This crustose twig and branch bark epiphyte has a brittle Pd + red, green-coloured thallus with small areoles and bright green, farinose soralia. The discs are grey-brown and thinly frosted; spores one-septate. Its habitat appears to be spreading horizontal branches and twigs, especially oak. It is known from Counties Cork, Waterford, Fermanagh and Donegal.

Key characteristics

  • Brittle (disintegrating when touched with a needle), pale to olive green thallus with farinose soredia; Pd+ red; discs pale grey to brown, spores with thick perispore
  • On acid-barked tree branches; Rinodina efflorescens is similar, has larger areoles and is also Pd + red, but is not brittle when touched with a needle; it is always without discs.

Original text submitted by Vince J. Giavarini