iNaturalist Research Grade Observations
Catalog #: 5545158
Taxon: Usnea ciliata (Nyl.) Du Rietz
Family: Parmeliaceae
Collector: Ian      
Date: 2017-03-29
Verbatim Date: 2017/03/29 4:50 PM NZDT
Locality: New Zealand, Canterbury, Lees Valley 7495, New Zealand
-43.068011  172.086677 +-31m.
Description: Original observation #5545158 (iNaturalist)
Occurrence Remarks: at about 1500m on scree slope, fully exposed to sun, near Mt Pember, Puketeraki Range, Canty. Distinctive at some hundreds of meters distant as one of several odd-looking (almost black) and large (<5m) rocky outcrops. On close inspection the odd appearance was seen to be an almost complete covering of the outcrop with black/purple lichen. The strands are quite stiff when dry but soften somewhat when moistened. I've seen this in the Canty mountains once before tho' can't remember exactly where. Would be keen to know more about it : is it really a lichen ? how widespread is its distribution ? how rare is it ?
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Rights Holder: © held by the observer (listed as 'Collector') at, with some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
Record Id: 1d25d015-4830-4f65-9e47-cffa1c0a3db0
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For additional information on this occurrence, please contact: Ken-ichi Ueda (
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