Vulpicida pinastri (Scop.) J.-E. Mattsson & M.J. Lai
Cetraria pinastri (Scop.) A. Gray
Tuckermannopsis pinastri (Scop.) Hale
Powdered Sunshine 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||Vulpicida||From the Latin words vulpes (“fox”) and -cida (“who kills”); from folklore that the lichen kills foxes|
About plant names...
Powered sunshine lichen is named for its yellow powder-like surface.
Identification: This is a foliose (leaflike) lichen,
and while some lichens tend to lay flat against their substrates, this one is more wrinkled and loosely
attached. The whole surface may be yellow, or just the edges. Fruiting bodies (apothecia)
Vulpicida pinastri on Stephen Sharnoff Photography
Vulpicida pinastri at Alan Silverside's Lichen Pages on LastDragon.org
Walewski, Joe, Lichens of the North Woods, Kollath+Stensaas Publishing, 2007, p. 129
Vulpicida pinastri description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Oct 2018.
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3/1/2009 · South slopes of Mount Prisojnik, East Julan Alps, Slovenia · By Amadej Trnkoczy