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Blue Felt Lichen (Degelia plumbea) discovered by mes (#7702)

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Observed: December 31, 2015 @ 1:00 PM
Posted on: December 31, 2015 @ 8:05 PM (diff: 0 days)
Observed on multiple trees in Sir Robert Bond park in Markland, Avalon Peninsula (known location for this species). Covering large areas especially of dead deciduous trees, hard to tell species given season. Many with the small red fruiting bodies, exactly as in photographs.

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By sam on 1/1/2016 2:30:31 PM

good sighting, also a good description.

By mes on 1/2/2016 8:32:11 PM

Thanks Sam. Pannaria rubiginosa appears to be quite similar in appearance, and also supposedly is found in Sir Robert Bond Park (Whitbourne, Avalon peninsula). In most photos on the web the fruiting bodies are fewer and larger than D. plumbea, but I'm just an observer so I suppose it could be P. rub. The park signs show pix of Degelia that look like what I see. It's very prevalent in this (very small) park, lots of colonies on many (apparently mostly dead) trees. Apparently no one knows why Degelia likes this particular location. I've been looking for the even rarer Erioderma pedicellatum (boreal felt lichen), which has been reported in this area east of Whitbourne. Not seen in this park yet, will look more if the current snow melts or on my next visit to NL (resident in Montreal, my wife's family live in Markland).

By sam on 1/2/2016 10:59:50 PM

appreciate your reply. the is one of the most valuable things, that nlnature has, is the enormous amount realtime knowldge of the contributors such as yourself. I've learned so much ansd it has enhanced my interest in our surroundings. I am not very versed in nature. i have to learn a lot yet to be any sort of amature.

By mes on 7/31/2016 11:40:19 AM

Oops, apologies this is NOT blue felt lichen Degelia plumbea, this is the related but much more common Lobaria querzicans (info from Ian Goudie). There is Degelia in Sir Robert Bond Park in Whitbourne, on the Avalon peninsula, that I will post separately. Again, an erroneous ascription.

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