Ramalina Fraxinea

The Cartilage Lichen, Ramalina fraxinea is a fruticose lichen with erect or pendulous thalli and branches that are flattened. Colour varies from pale green though yellow-grey to white-grey; apothecia are frequent and soralia may also be present. It belongs to the group known as 'Sac Fungi'.

Cartilage Lichen
Ramalina fraxinea growing in Eglinton Country Park, Scotland. Note the stalked apothecia.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Ascomycota
Class: Lecanoromycetes
Order: Lecanorales
Family: Ramalinaceae
Genus: Ramalina fraxinea
Species: R. fraxinea
Binomial name
Ramalina fraxinea

Lichen fraxineus L.
Ramalina fraxinea f. ampliata (Ach.) Anders
Ramalina fraxinea subsp. calicariformis (Nyl.) de Lesd., 1954
Ramalina fraxinea var. ampliata (Ach.) Ach., 1810
Ramalina fraxinea var. calicariformis Nyl., 1870
Ramalina fraxinea var. calicaris (L.) Schaer.

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