Rowan Tree Trunk Lichens from the Formonthills

Here’s a selection of lichens which I found on some rowan tree trunks a couple of weeks ago, in some woodland quite near Glenrothes, in Fife.

I’m certainly no expert on the identification of lichens, I’ve attempted to identify four of the lichens in the first image, down to the genus, but if anyone knows differently, please let me know!! πŸ™‚

 

The first photo below, shows possibly four crustose lichens. I haven’t tried to identify the lichens in the other photos, but the featured image is probably the genusΒ Xanthoria.

Top Left – possibly the genus “Fuscidea
Middle Top – possibly the genus “Caloplaca
Middle Bottom – possibly another species of the genus “Caloplaca
Bottom Right – probably a “Script Lichen”

Possibly four types of crustose lichen on rowan tree bark
Possibly four types of crustose lichen on rowan tree bark

 

Crustose Lichens on Rowan Tree Trunk
Crustose Lichens on Rowan Tree Trunk

 

Crustose Lichens on Rowan Tree Trunk
Crustose Lichens on Rowan Tree Trunk

 

Crustose Lichens on Rowan Tree Trunk
Crustose Lichens on Rowan Tree Trunk

 

Young Foliose Lichen on Rowan Tree Trunk
Young Foliose Lichen on Rowan Tree Trunk

 

Young Foliose Lichen on Rowan Tree Trunk
Young Foliose Lichen on Rowan Tree Trunk

 

 

18 thoughts on “Rowan Tree Trunk Lichens from the Formonthills

      1. It is all about the little things in life! I am heading out to spend the weekend at the Chicago botanical gardens. It is one of my favorite places. Lots of pictures coming next week!

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      2. Definitely πŸ™‚ And that sounds like a wonderful place, I’ll look forward to seeing some wonderful macro style photos next week! I hope you have some great weather this weekend πŸ™‚

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      3. Alas, I don’t have that problem Roda, I’ve just got the one main camera and lens πŸ™‚
        Glad to hear you are going to be getting good weather, and pleasantly warm, but not too hot πŸ™‚ Mind you, for us, that would be classed as a very hot day! Lol! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Ms piglet πŸ™‚ You are right that lichens can be used to judge air quality, they are also good for telling how much nitrogen is in the air. I’m not sure how it is in Portugal, but back here in the UK, you may have noticed how you get very few lichens near major roads, or in the middle of cities. I wouldn’t worry about the lichens killing off your olive trees and bushes, they only need a very little in the way of nutrients from their hosts, most of their food/energy comes via the algae component that makes up half the lichen, which use photosynthesis (the other half of a lichen is the fungus). On that particular point about the make up of lichens, it was recently discovered that most lichens also have a second fungus in them, in the form of yeast!
      Thanks for the link to the phone app (unfortunately of no use to me, I haven’t entered the smart phone age yet! Lol!), but I’m sure some others will definitely find it very useful πŸ™‚

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