Ahtiana sphaerosporella (Müll. Arg.) Goward
Mountain candlewax

Introduction to the Lichens


© Daryl Thompson     (Photo ID #22111)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Ahtiana sphaerosporella unavailable

Species Information

A small to medium stratified foliose lichen, corticate above and below, neither sorediate nor isidiate, lobes closely appressed, short to subrotund, averaging to 2–3 (–4) mm wide, thin. Upper surface pale yellowish green (except blackish in exposed sites), shiny. Lower surface whitish to pale tan, bearing sparse to abundant short, simple rhizines. Medulla white. Photobiont green. Apothecia located over upper surface, disc brown; spores simple, spherical, colourless, 8 per ascus.

Notes: Ahtiana is a monotypic genus. It was formerly included within Parmelia, but is more closely related to Cetraria (in the broad sense).
Medulla C+ reddish to orangish, KC+ reddish.
Olivetoric acid.

SourceLichens of British Columbia


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Illustration ByTrevor Goward

Habitat and Range

Habitat: Frequent over whitebark pine, rare over other conifers, in open intermontane subalpine forests

World Distribution: western N Am, N to BC (rarely to NWT), S to CA.

SourceLichens of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Parmelia sphaerosporella Müll. Arg.