Sunday, 17 January 2010

Common Orange Lichen

Lichen, Xanthoria parietina, common orange lichen, yellow scale

Lichen, Xanthoria parietina, maritime sunburst lichen, shore lichen

This morning I walked to Witham Park to experiment with a new camera. I photographed this lichen hoping to identify it, but my book isn't very clear. Does anyone recognise it?

Update: thanks to everyone who helped identify the lichen. It's Common Orange Lichen (Xanthoria parietina).

16 comments:

Carol Wilkerson said...

I don't think I could identify it, but it is very pretty to look at. Something I never thought I would say about lichen. ;)

Sheila said...

There's a good site, britishlichens.co.uk, if you'd like a browse. Could it be two different species? I know nothing about lichens, as you can tell. :)

Kirhat said...

I haven't seen anything like this before or maybe I have, but did not pay much attention to it.


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RWS Photo said...

nice capture

The Ancient Digger said...

These are fascinating fungi. They usually grow in very extreme climates.

Ratty said...

I would never attempt to identify it because I'm notorious for getting this kind of thing wrong. It's a very interesting shot. This is the kind of thing I wish I could get.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

I cannot identify it but it's a great shot.

Sharkbytes said...

It looks more like a liverwort to me.

Rick said...

This is beautiful. I've never seen it up close like this.

Neil Sanderson said...

This is Xanthoria parietina, a common lichen that loves nitrogen, it is thought to be among the most resistant organisms to high ammonia levels in the environment. Common in cities and near cow and chicken sheds and any where man is messing up a bit. Occurs naturally on bird perches and seaside rocks. Also very pretty!

John | English Wilderness said...

Thanks for the identification Neil. No wonder I was struggling, the picture in "Complete British Wildlife" was taken from a distance!

The Accessory Lady said...

So icky and beautiful all at once. What a gorgeous color!

Blog Angel a.k.a. Joella said...

It's an extremely interesting shot. I would guess that you took a trip to an alien planet and shot some of the local flora! I love the foreign look of it.

Martin in Bulgaria said...

I remember seeing this in Scotland I think, but never knew what is was. A tough species by all accounts, it must have been Scotland then!

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hm..

what is it ?

i cann t identify..

maybe, someone know about it ?

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