Called in to see the Tall Mouse-ear hawkweed in Hungerford. Drew a blank searching the huge wall above the Tesco car park. In desperation got out the bins and there it is standing tall right on top of the immense slab of brick ...waving gracefully as the High speed trains hurtle past. Cant access the railtrack, so a telescope /telescopic lens is essential for a good look. Last time I resorted to such tactics was to tick off Woad clinging to half way up a chalk cliff in a very obliging ladies back garden in Guildford, Surrey!

The Lesser-known Caloplaca Species

I am putting up the rest of the Caloplacas, for which I have no photographs as a BLOG.

Caloplaca ahtii

Species named after the great Finnish lichenologist Ted Ahti. It is an insignificant little thing which has never been found fertile in the UK. It has an effuse thallus which is bluish grey consisting of squamule like areoles which are to a great or lesser extent, sorediate. It has been found on aspen bark in Central Scotland and is currently considered rare. It could well be under recorded. One for the experts, I think!

Calopla approximata

This species has...


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