Foliose Lichen

Parmelina ?

a foliose lichen with fruiting bodies, possibly Parmelina, among many lichens on a tree branch, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in scrub habitat on a tree branch. Mweiga, Nyeri County, Kenya, Dec 2015.

This lichen is attached to a tree branch where many other types of lichen were crowding for available space. This one could just be a more mature, reproducing version of:
an epiphytic foliose lichen, Parmeliaceae, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Each of these saucer-shaped structures hold thousands of asci, the spore producing structures. Singular apothecium and plural, apothecia are one type of Ascocarp, the reproductive part of the lichen.

Parmeliaceae -- a family of Lichenized Fungi

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Kenya Natural History

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