Ahtiana aurescens (Tuck.) A. Thell & Randlane
Cetraria aurecscens Tuck. database artifact
Cetraria aurescens Tuck.
Tuckermannopsis aurescens (Tuck.) Hale
Cetraria aurecscens Tuck.
Eastern Candlewax Lichen
|Kingdom||Fungi||Mushrooms, lichens, gel fungi, yeasts, and molds; also called eukaryotes|
|Subdivision||Pezizomycotina||Sac fungi with filaments|
|Order||Lecanorales||Mostly lichen-forming fungi|
|Family||Parmeliaceae||Includes many common lichens such as Xanthoparamelia, Usnea, Parmotrema, and Hypotrachyna|
|Genus||Ahtiana||Genus with a single member|
|Species||aurescens||Eastern candlewax lichen|
About plant names...
This lichen occurs in the northeastern part of the United States, including New England.
Identification: This is most commonly found on cedars and
pines, and rarely on hardwoods. It is pale gray-green on top, in overlapping lobes whose shape is
somewhat similar to oak leaves. The underside is pale brown, and shiny. The apothecia—small
goblet-shaped fruiting bodies—are brown in color and less than ¼" (7 mm) in diameter.
Brodo, Irwin M.; Sharnoff, Sylvia Duran; Sharnoff, Stephen, Lichens of North America, Yale University Press, 2001, p. 149
Walewski, Joe, Lichens of the North Woods, Kollath+Stensaas Publishing, 2007, p. 104
Ahtiana aurescens on Stephen Sharnoff Photography
Ahtiana aurescens on Discover Life
4/27/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Pepperell, MA
≈ 3½ × 2½" (9.8 × 6.6 cm) ID is uncertain
Ahtiana aurescens description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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4/7/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, MA
≈ 7 × 11" (18 × 27 cm) ID is uncertain
5/14/2010 · Beaver Brook Association Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm) ID is uncertain
4/10/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, MA
≈ 4½ × 3" (11 × 7.9 cm) ID is uncertain