New Lichen Reported for Ohio

Last April, OMLA members Dan Boone, Jim McCormac and Ray Showman visited the Wayne National Forest (Lawrence County) in search of a rare, spring-flowering plant. The plant was found, and in a serendipitous turn of events, the same site was rich in corticolous fruticose lichens. This group is uncommon in Ohio and to find more than a couple species together is unusual. The Lawrence County site yielded seven species including Usnea substerilis, new for Ohio. Also found were Evernia mesomorpha, Ramalina americana, R. farinacea (state endangered), Usnea mutabilis, U. rubicunda and U. strigosa.

Ray Showman
(published in OBELISK, Vol. 5, p. 1)