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Sticta fuliginosa

Sticta fuliginosa (Hoffm.) Ach. 1803

Biatora fuliginosa (Dicks.) Fr. 1822

Lichen fuliginosus Hoffm. 1785

Lichen fuliginosus Dicks. 1775

Lichen fuliginosus With.

Lobaria fuliginosa Hoffm. 1796

Parmelia sylvatica var. fuliginosa (Hoffm.) Hepp

Parmelia fuliginosa (Hoffm.) Schaer.

Parmelia fuliginosa (Dicks.) Schaer. 1824

Sticta sylvatica var. fuliginosa (Hoffm.) Hepp

Stictina fuliginosa (Hoffm.) Nyl.

Stictina fuliginosa (Dicks.) Nyl. 1860

Peppered Moon Lichen, Spotted Felt Lichen

KingdomFungiMushrooms, lichens, gel fungi, yeasts, and molds; also called eukaryotes
DivisionAscomycotaSac fungi
SubdivisionPezizomycotinaSac fungi with filaments
ClassLecanoromycetes“Lichenized” fungi
OrderLecanoralesMostly lichen-forming fungi
SuborderPeltigerineaeA lichenized group of fungi, named for the genus Peltigera
FamilyLobariaceae
GenusSticta
Speciesfuliginosa

About plant names...

Peppered moon lichen is native to North America and many other areas in the world.

Identification: Each lichen is typically a single sheath of tissue ¾-4½" (2-12 cm) wide, though it is wrinkled as to sometimes appear as multiple components. It is fairly loosely attached. The upper surface is pale gray or brownish when dry, and deep gray or blue-black when wet, with a black “peppery” crust. The lower surface is a cream color or light brown. It is found on rocks or trees, often over mosses, in humid forests.

References:

Brodo, Irwin M.; Sharnoff, Sylvia Duran; Sharnoff, Stephen, Lichens of North America, Yale University Press, 2001, p. 672

Online References:

Sticta fuliginosa on Stephen Sharnoff Photography

Sticta fuliginosa on Macrolichens of North America

Sticta fuliginosa at the Australian Government's Australian National Botanic Gardens

Sticta fuliginosa on BioLib.cz

Sticta fuliginosa on Lichenology.info: Lichens of Belgium, Luxembourg and northern France

Sticta fuliginosa description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Sticta fuliginosa (Peppered Moon Lichen, Spotted Felt Lichen)

10/15/2011 · Mount Wachusett, Princeton, MA
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm) ID is uncertain

Sticta fuliginosa (Peppered Moon Lichen, Spotted Felt Lichen)

10/15/2011 · Mount Wachusett, Princeton, MA
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm) ID is uncertain

Sticta fuliginosa (Peppered Moon Lichen, Spotted Felt Lichen)

10/15/2011 · Mount Wachusett, Princeton, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

Sticta fuliginosa (Peppered Moon Lichen, Spotted Felt Lichen)

10/15/2011 · Mount Wachusett, Princeton, MA
≈ 5 × 8" (13 × 19 cm) ID is uncertain