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Lecanora antiqua  J. R. Laundon

Synonyms:

Lecanora conferta auct. brit.

Myriolecis antiqua (J. R. Laundon)




Family: LECANORACEAE

Habitat: Ubiquitous

Description

    Thallus crustose, evanescent and often hardly visible, dull grey, dull cream, greyish. Apothecia generally very numerous, ordered in streaks or more or less crowded in small clusters, disc flat, pale brown, pale brown-greyish, exciple thick and conspicuous, as covered with snow (not crenulate stricto sensu), most often persistent and seldom excluded when old, whitish. Ascospores simple, colourless, ellipsoid, 8-12 x 4-7 µm. Photobiont: Trebouxia. Thallus : C+/+ dimly yellow, K+/- dimly yellow, KC+/- dimly yellow, Pd-; apothecia exciple: C+ golden-yellow, K+ yellow; disc : C+ brown-orange. Usually on granite of old walls slightly alkaline owing to the above mortar bleaching.  Lecanora conferta ss. str.  would have a darker thallus, apothecia with browner discs and exciple excluded when old, on more alkaline rocks. Very resembling species like those of the Lecanora semipallida / dispersa group have a browner disc and negative chemical spot tests.  Lecanora crenulata is more grey-blueish and has crenulate exciple as well as negative chemical spot tests.*







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