lichen-Dibaeis absoluta

Dibaeis absoluta

Dibaeis absoluta

Dibaeis absoluta photo by Ray Showman

DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: Greenish-gray primary thallus on rock or compacted sandy soil; almost sessile; flat-topped, pinkish or brownish apothecia; compare with D. baeomyces, which is usually on clay soil, and has definitely stalked apothecia, spherical or ellipsoid. Icmadophila ericetorum is a crustose species which appears similar, but has more typical discoid apothecia and grows on organic material (not recorded from Ohio).

ECOLOGY: An Appalachian species that is rare on rocks in mature forests; southeastern in Ohio with records from six counties, on moist sandstone in light shade.

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