10 responses to “Icmadophila ericetorum”

  1. barbara Garwood

    Now this is a name to remember!!!! Thanks for a memorable first day of summer!

  2. Jessica

    OMG, the “common” names are at once hilarious, delicate, whimsical and pretty darn gross. Sooooo funny. A really good example why using Latin names is so essential to avoid confusion among various local names, too.

    Thanks so much for info and photos of a very, very interesting lichen….and also for the etymology of its name. I’d love to see that included in more of the plant descriptions. I always love that kind of info and find it another layer of meaning about the plant.

    This was a treat! 😀

  3. Zoogardener

    Who knew that fairies were such a sickly bunch??

  4. Anna

    Just curious… is the first syllable of its name pronounced “ick”? That would be funny but, seriously, it would be nice to include some sort of pronunciation guide (or a link to such) for non-Latin-speaking home gardeners like me.

    Is the lichen in this photo (taken on the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands) also fairy puke?

  5. Anna

    hmm… doesn’t look like it got the pic. Here it is again

  6. Bonnie

    The description certainly brought a chuckle this hot afternoon. Never seen it, don’t expect to. Thanks for your bits of information, I say bits as that is all that will stay in my leaking brain. 🙂


    Amazing photos. Whoever thought of such descriptive names?

  8. Lynn Wohlers

    That’s a fun one – especially those common names. I don’t think I’ve seen it, though I sense here that it’s common, so I’ll look for it. Just yesterday I photographed the bark of a huge old tree that I can’t ID – it was planted – and later, when I enlarged the photo, I saw the bark was covered with a lichen. I think it’s the bark barnacle, Thelotrema lepadinum. Lichens are fascinating.

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