5 responses to “Letharia vulpina”

  1. Deborah Lievens

    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.

  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Deborah – that’s where the linked name goes to, when it was previously featured on BPotD.

  3. Deborah Lievens

    Thanks for the lead. Deb

  4. Michael Cambium

    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.
    Michael.

  5. Daniel Mosquin

    That’s an intriguing observation, Michael. May I suggest you email Ernie Brodo, Canada’s foremost lichenologist?

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