Mushroom Observer
Catalog #: MUOB 273873
Taxon: Ramalina lacera (With.) J.R. Laundon
Family: Ramalinaceae
Collector: zaca   MUOB 273873   
Date: 2017-04-08
Verbatim Date: 2017-4-8
Locality: Portugal, Cordão dunar Consolação-Peniche
39.3385  -9.3609
Description: Original observation #273873 (Mushroom Observer)
Occurrence Remarks: There was a time when I made several observations of the species Ramalina lacera_, many of them posted here at MO. From those observation I knew that it is usually infertile. Therefore, I was very surprised when I saw a huge group of specimens of this species many of them fertile. Consulting some references, I could read the following: 1) From CNALH, where the description from the Great Sonoran Desert Lichen Flora is reproduced: "Apothecia: not seen for Mexican specimens" 2) The British Flora says: "Apothecia unknown". 3) The website "AFL-lichens" says: "Apothécies : non observées". 4) The website "Lichens maritimes" says: "Apothecia unknown, nevertheless see pictures below demonstrating that some colonies may have apothecia - to be confirmed" and, in fact, two photos showing fertile specimens (one apothecium each) are displayed. Therefore it seems that fertile specimens if existing are extremely rare. So, am I wrong in the identification of these specimens as Ramalina lacera?
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Rights Holder: MO Observers
Record Id: 0c2006b7-5e0d-4d4d-87d0-395ccf8eab7b
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