Vulpicida pinastri (Scop.) J.-E. Mattsson & M.J. Lai
Powdered sunshine lichen
Kingdom Fungi Mushrooms, lichens, gel fungi, yeasts, and molds; also called eukaryotes
Division Ascomycota Sac fungi
Subdivision Pezizomycotina Sac fungi with filaments
Class Lecanoromycetes “Lichenized” fungi
Order Lecanorales Mostly lichen-forming fungi
Suborder Lecanorineae Lichens
Family Parmeliaceae Includes many common lichens such as Xanthoparamelia, Usnea, Parmotrema, and Hypotrachyna
Genus Vulpicida From 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 (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 ( foliose )
are uncommon. apothecia Online References:
Stephen Sharnoff Photography
Alan Silverside's Lichen Pages on LastDragon.org
The Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria
The Stridvall Family Domain
(technical article on conserving this species) The Lichenologist References:
Walewski, Joe, , p. 129 Lichens of the North Woods, Kollath+Stensaas Publishing, 2007 Older scientific or horticultural names
(Scop.) A. Gray
Vulpicida pinastri description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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7/13/2015 · Mt. Mansfield, Stowe/Cambridge, Vermont
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 16 cm)
3/1/2009 · South slopes of Mount Prisojnik, East Julan Alps, Slovenia · By Amadej Trnkoczy
8/25/2017 · Pack Monadnock, near summit, Peterborough, New Hampshire
≈ 3 × 3" (8.3 × 7.6 cm)