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 Thallus: erect-shrubby to subpendulous, very stiff; branching: anisotomic-dichotomous, divergent; basal part: concolorous with branches or dark brown to black; branches: not segmented, only here and there with thin and ±incomplete annular cracks, cylindrical or irregular, terete; lateral branches: not narrowed at attachment points; segments: absent; papillae: absent; tubercles: nearly absent to numerous, low-verrucous to truncate-conic, paler at top, sometimes eroded, irregularly distributed mainly on secondary branches; fibercles: nearly absent; fibrils: long (2-6 mm) and slender, irregularly distributed mainly on main branches; soralia: punctiform, of irregular outline, smaller than half the diameter of the branch, even or slightly stipitate, developed from the top of tubercles or initially from the cortex, mainly on secondary and terminal branches; isidiomorphs: nearly absent to numerous and conspicuous, giving a spinulous appearance to the thallus (lens at 10x); pseudocyphellae: absent; cortex: thin (2-4%),; medulla: thin and compact, with a pink-red pigment in the area close to the axis; axis: very thick (usually > 80%), fistulose (whole thallus) with loose hyphae inside, sometimes with a yellow pigment; Apothecia: not seen; Spot tests: medulla K+ yellowish, C+ yellow, KC+ yellow, P-; Secondary metabolites: diffractaic acid (major), ±barbatic acid (minor), eumitrins.; Substrate and ecology: on bark and on rock; World distribution: pantropical; Sonoran distribution: one old collection from the San Gabriel Mountains in southern California, probably extinct.; Notes: The stiff thallus, the thin pink pigmented medulla and the fistulose axis clearly define Usnea baileyi and make it easily recognizable. 


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Source: Lichen Flora of the Greater Sonoran Desert Region

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