Arctoparmelia centrifuga (L.) Hale
Rippled ring

Introduction to the Lichens


© Curtis Bjork     (Photo ID #19052)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Arctoparmelia centrifuga unavailable

Species Information

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.
Species description:
Thallus lacking soredia AND Upper cortex firm, never eroding; lobe tips only rarely downturned AND Lower surface whitish or tan throughout; widespread
Cortex K+ pale yellow, KC+ yellow; medulla C+ slowly yellow, KC+ reddish.
Alectoronic acid, atranorin and usnic acid.

SourceLichens of British Columbia


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Illustration ByTrevor Goward

Habitat and Range

Habitat: Frequent over acid or somewhat base-rich rock in open inland sites, especially in boulderbeds

World Distribution: circumpolar, S to OR.

SourceLichens of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Arctoparmelia aleuritica (Nyl.) Hale
Parmelia aleuritica Nyl.
Parmelia centrifuga
Xanthoparmelia centrifuga (L.) Hale