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Vulpicida pinastri (Scop.) J.-E. Mattsson & M.J. Lai

Powdered sunshine lichen

KingdomFungiMushrooms, lichens, gel fungi, yeasts, and molds; also called eukaryotes
DivisionAscomycotaSac fungi
SubdivisionPezizomycotinaSac fungi with filaments
ClassLecanoromycetes“Lichenized” fungi
OrderLecanoralesMostly lichen-forming fungi
FamilyParmeliaceaeIncludes many common lichens such as Xanthoparamelia, Usnea, Parmotrema, and Hypotrachyna
GenusVulpicidaFrom the Latin words vulpes (“fox”) and -cida (“who kills”); from folklore that the lichen kills foxes

About plant names...

Powered sunshine lichen is named for its yellow powder-like surface.

Identification: This is a foliose (leaflike) lichen, and while some lichens tend to lay flat against their substrates, this one is more wrinkled and loosely attached. The whole surface may be yellow, or just the edges. Fruiting bodies (apothecia) are uncommon.

Online References:

Stephen Sharnoff Photography

Alan Silverside's Lichen Pages on LastDragon.org

The Stridvall Family Domain


Walewski, Joe, Lichens of the North Woods, Kollath+Stensaas Publishing, 2007, p. 129

Cetraria pinastri (Scop.) A. Gray

Tuckermannopsis pinastri (Scop.) Hale


Vulpicida pinastri description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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