Gray Lungwort Lichen - Lobaria hallii
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Known from several locations in western Montana.
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Thallus foliose, mostly 2-12(20) cm broad, single lobed or with several broadly rounded lobes; lobes to 5 cm broad; upper surface gray to brownish gray; lower surface pale brown or whitish, tomentose; upper cortex rough and scabrous, finely but usually sparsely tomentose, especially near lobe tips (use hand lens); photobiont blue-green; soredia occurs in roundish laminal and marginal soralia; apothecia are uncommon McCune and Geiser 2009
. Chemistry: Cortex K+Y and all other spot tests are negative McCune and Geiser 2009
When dry L. hallii has a steel grey color to its thallus while L. scrobiculata has a yellowish cast. When wet these species are difficult to separate. Look for the fine, but scattered hairs on the lobe tips of L. hallii and negative spot tests of the medulla McCune and Geiser 2009
. Because these species are rare, they should be collected very sparingly or not at all.
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Substrate: On bark and wood. Usually on Populus, though sometimes on other deciduous trees or shrubs.
Habitat: Moist lowland riparian areas.
This lichen is a nitrogen fixer.
Reproduces primarily asexually from soredia; may reproduce sexually by spores from the apothecium.
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