Sunday, March 17, 2013

Confused in TQ1666...

Slowly making progress down in Surrey, with 153 species now recorded. However, all progress has been hindered by this very frustrating selection of vegetation that I constantly encounter on my local patch, but cannot for the life of me narrow down to species level.

1. Hypogymnia physode?


5. Some kind of Speedwell?


7. Large numbers of these climbers were associating with Ivy on tree trunks...


Apologies for suddenly inundation you all with load of ID queries, but any help at all would be brilliant.


  1. 1. Agree with you!
    2. Not too sure?
    3. Might be Parmelia glabratula?
    4. ??
    5. Ivy-leaved Toadflax
    6. Hogweed?
    7. Looks like Wild Honeysuckle - sometimes has serrated leaves like that.
    8. Greater Willowherb
    But don't quote me on them ....

  2. 1. I think this is actually a rather tatty bit of punctelia subrudecta, it has large round clumps of soredia on its upper surface (i.e. circular laminal sorelia). Hypogymnia's in contrast have lovely smooth tidy looking surface.
    2. Physcia adscendens. Often found with phsycia tenella. Common as ****.
    3. yuk. green crustose rather than foliose (so not parmelia), my other half might have a clue on this one, but I tend to suddenly magic a spider or something else to look at if there is even a remote possibility its going to lepraria land.

    Commonest urban liches :-
    xanthoria parietina (bright yellow everywhere)
    lecanora muralis (chewing gum lichen on pavements)
    flavoparmelia caperata (horrible green common except in SE)
    parmelia saxatilis (twigs, network of white lines on upper surface)
    phsycia adscendens (twigs everywhere, small fine with eyelash like cilia and 'bonnets')
    phsycia tenella (as above - without the bonnets)

  3. No 5 Is Ivy Leaved Toadflax, keep an eye on it, it gets lovely small flowers later on...

  4. Awesome, thanks for the help. I should have got the Willowherb- the field it was growing in also hosts Mompha jurassicella at this time of year!