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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Lichens on worked wood (fence rails). St Mary the Virgin churchyard. Friston. East Sussex. 22.05.24

 "Worked wood" (e.g. fences, fence posts, gates etc.) can be a great substrate for lichens.

Melanelixia subaurifera, Abraded Camouflage Lichen

No photo description available.

Possibly Melanohalea elegantula, Elegant Camouflage Lichen

No photo description available.

Flavoparmelia caperata, Common Greenshield Lichen

No photo description available.

Cladonia portentosa, Reindeer Lichen

I've only seen it on lowland heaths in Sussex before. But perhaps the wood is so well-rotted it is like soil to the Cladonia

No photo description available.

Cladonia coniocraea, Common Powderhorn

May be an image of amphibian

Hypogymnia physodes, Hooded Tube Lichen

No photo description available.

Evernia prunastri, Oakmoss

No photo description available. 

Parmelia sulcata, Shield Lichen

No photo description available.

Hypogymnia physodes, Hooded Tube Lichen

No photo description available.

possibly Buellia griseovirens

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Lichens at Limpsfield Common, nr. Oxted, 20.05.24

Limpsfield Common is just in Surrey, just north of the West Sussex-Surrey boundary. It is managed by the Nation Trust: see: Limpstead Common for more information.

Limpsfield Common is on the Greensand Ridge, and is semi-natural ancient woodland and heathland. The trees on which these lichens were growing were Quercus robur, Fagus sylvatica and Betula pendula

Ramalina farinacea

  

Pamatrema peralatum

Parmeilia sulcata

 

Lecidella eleachroma

Hypotrachyna afrorevoluta

 

 Arthonia atra

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Graphis scripta


Cladonia coniocrea

Xanthoria parientina

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Lichens of Selwyns Wood (Sussex Wildlife Trust), Cross-in-Hand, East Sussex. 07.05.24

Selwyns Wood is a small nature reserve south of Cross-in-Hand, near Heathfield, East Sussex.

Selwyns Wood is a small, mixed semi-natural woodland near the town of Heathfield, mainly Oak, Birch and Sweet Chestnut, with a few old big Beech trees. It is nestled in a south-facing valley with three streams running through it, one of which has developed into a typical Wealden ghyll stream. There is also a small open area dominated by heather, a characteristic feature of woodlands in this part of Sussexfrom Sussex Wildlife Trust Selwyns Wood Reserve Profile

Lecidelaa eleachroma

 Graphis scropta


 Arthonia atra

Pertusaria leioplaca

 

 Cladonia parastica

 

Thelotrema lepadinum, Barnacle Lichen

 

 Phlyctis argena; the red patch is the reaction to Potassium hydroxide (spot test(

 

 Lepraria incana s.l.

 

 Cladonia fimbriata

Parmotram perlatum

 

Cladonia caespiticia 

 

 possibly Normandina pulchella 

 

 Cladonia coniocrea

 

 Pertsaraia pertusa

 

Possibly Diarthonis spadicea 

 

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Lichens on three Wild Service Trees, Torminalis glaberrima, in woods north-west of Cow Fold, 16.04.24

I examined three Wild Service Trees near Cowfold. All three had the same lichen community growing on them.

 

 

 

Habitat: Low Weald ancient woodlands on clay. Ancient woodland status suggested through presence of Yellow Archangel, Bluebells, Wood Sedge, Midland Hawthorn, and Wild Service Trees

This map showing the location of these tress is from Dave Bang's The Land of the Brighton Line: A field guide to the Middle Sussex and South East Surrey Weald (2018)


Lichens:

Possibly Buellia griseovirens


Lepra amara Bitter Wart Lichen


Flavoparmelia caperata Common Greenshield Lichen


 Lecidella elaeochroma Lecidella Lichen


Pyrrhospora quernea

 

 Possibly Punctelia jeckeri Powdered Speckled Shield Lichen

 

 Hypotrachyna afrorevoluta

 

Mosses:

Hypnum cupressiforme Cypress-leaved Plait-Moss

 

Liverworts:

Frullania dilatata Dilated Scalewort

 

 Metzgeria furcata Forked Veilwort



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Significant organisms near the tree:

Crataegus laevigata Midland Hawthorn

Hyacinthoides non-scripta Bluebell