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Medium to large stratified foliose lichens, corticate above and below, sorediate or not, lobes closely appressed, elongate, averaging to 0.3–0.5 mm wide, thin. Upper surface pale yellowish green, dull. Lower surface pale to black, apparently white-pruinose, bearing scattered, short, simple rhizines. Medulla white. Photobiont green. Apothecia located over upper surface, disc brown; spores simple, ellipsoid, colourless, 8 per ascus. Over acid rock in arctic-alpine to boreal localities.
Notes: Arctoparmelia consists of four species worldwide, all of which occur in B.C. For points of distinction with similar species in other genera, see the descriptions under Xanthoparmelia.
Thallus sorediate or apparently sorediate AND Upper cortex firm; soredia confined to large, discrete, orbicular soralia
Cortex K+ yellow; medulla KC+ reddish, I+ blue.
Alectoronic acid, atranorin and usnic acid.
Source: Lichens of British Columbia