Published by Daniel Mosquin on March 25, 2007
Tags: Parmeliaceae | Letharia vulpina (L.) Hue
It’s been a while since I’ve shared one of these types of images. Letharia vulpina growing on an old, fallen log of Pinus ponderosa.
Natural history resource link (local): Volker of Surrey, British Columbia recently shared his weblog with me: Haliaeetus. Volker shares his nature and seasonal observations through photography and commentary.
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This is my favorite lichen and I hope you’ll show it in color, too. I’m sorry, but black and white just doesn’t do it justice.
Deborah – that’s where the linked name goes to, when it was previously featured on BPotD.
Thanks for the lead. Deb
Thank you for this photo. I am grateful for any photo help. This seems to match the sample before me, also from P. ponderosa.
Assuming this is the same, I have often seen Letharia vulpina growing on firs. (Abies concolor, hereabouts, most often.) Why would it often grow around branch stubs? The former whorls on mature trees can be counted on the lower bole by observing the location of this lichen, sometimes even in rings around the tree.
Thank you for your help.
That’s an intriguing observation, Michael. May I suggest you email Ernie Brodo, Canada’s foremost lichenologist?
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