Friendly Camouflage Lichen - Cetraria commixta
Cetrariella commixta, Melanelia commixta
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Known from very few locations in northwest Montana.
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Thallus foliose, upper surface brown and channeled, and lower surface pale to brown; conidia cylindrical and the ends not swollen; and lacking soredia or isidia (McCune and Geiser 2009)
. Chemistry: medulla K-, P-, and KC+ red.
Very similar to Cetraria hepatizon, which is fairly common. Cetraria hepatizon has a dark lower surface; K+ yellow and P+ orange medulla; and has conidia of a narrow center and swollen ends.
A circumpolar, arctic-alpine lichen that extends south to Washington and Colorado.
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On rock in open, alpine areas.
Reproduces asexually by conidia from the pycnidia.
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