E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Normandina pulchella (Borr.) Nyl.
Elf ears

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Distribution of Normandina pulchella
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Species Information

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Illustration By: Trevor Goward

Common Name: The Elf-ear Lichen. Describes the tiny, rimmed, ear-shaped lobes characteristic of the species.
A minute stratified squamulose lichen, weakly corticate above, noncorticate below, sorediate, thallus attached to substrate at one edge, rotund β€œear-shaped,” averaging to 1–2 (–3) mm across. Upper surface greenish to pale bluish grey, often with distinct raised rim. Lower surface whitish, lacking rhizines. Medulla white. Photobiont green.
Apothecia unknown.
Over trees and mossy outcrops in sheltered sites.
Notes: Normandina is a monotypic genus of temperate distribution.
All spot tests negative.
No lichen substances reported.

Source: Lichens of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Habitat: Infrequent (overlooked?) over moss, mossy bark, or over other lichens in humid, sheltered lowland sites throughout, except absent in boreal regions
World Distribution: probably incompletely circumpolar, S to AZ and NM.

Source: Lichens of British Columbia

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