Elf-Ear Lichen - Normandina pulchella
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In the Rocky Mountains, this lichen has a spotty distribution. Known in Montana from one location.
Thallus of small isolated or massed ear-shaped or shell-shaped squamules; squamules of less than 2 mm, entire or lobate; margins upturned, forming a distinct rim on the squamule; upper surface bluish gray to whitish or greenish gray; lower surface pale, with short tomentum; and chemical spot tests negative (McCune and Goward 1995).
Widespread, but easily overlooked because it is similar to the small sterile Cladonia squamules (McCune and Goward 1995).
A widespread, but easily overlooked species.
Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
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On bark, mosses, and other lichens in moist habitats.
Photobiont: green algae (Trebouxia).
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