Xanthoparmelia australasica D. J. Galloway — Overview

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 Thallus: foliose, adnate to loosely adnate, 5-20 cm in diam., irregularly lobate; lobes: sublinear to subirregular, elongate, plane to subconvex, separate, contiguous to imbricate, 1.8-4 mm wide, not lobulate; apices: subrotund, smooth to crenate, eciliate; upper surface: yellow-green, smooth, dull to slightly shiny, epruinose and somewhat maculate in white patches; isidia: abundant, cylindrical to +coralloid branched, 0.1-0.15 mm in diam., 0.1-1 mm tall; tips: syncorticate but sometimes breaking off and appearing epicorticate, blackish brown; soralia and pustulae absent; medulla: white, with continuous algal layer; lower surface: black, plane, sparsely to moderately rhizinate; rhizines: black, simple, 0.3-0.6 mm long; Apothecia: infrequent, substipitate, 3-8 mm wide, laminal on thallus; disc: cinnamon-brown to dark brown; margin: smooth, epruinose; asci: clavate, 8-spored; ascospores: simple, ellipsoid, hyaline, 9-10 x 4-5 µm; Pycnidia: not observed; Spot tests: upper cortex K-, C-, KC-, P-; medulla K+ yellow turning deep red, C-, KC-, P+ orange; Secondary metabolites: upper cortex with usnic acid (major); medulla with salazinic acid (major), consalazinic acid (minor) and norstictic and protocetraric acids (both trace).; Substrate and ecology: on acidic rocks, often in open, arid habitats; World distribution: Australasia, Africa, North and South America; Sonoran distribution: occasional at intermediate elevations in southeastern Arizona and Chihuahua.; Notes: For a period of time X. australasica was used for any isidiate Xanthoparmelia in North America with salazinic acid and a black lower surface. However, comparisons with abundant X. australasica material from Australasia do not support this interpretation, as most North American material is much more tightly adnate, has more narrow lobes and different kinds of isidia. By far the most common species in the Sonoran region is X. tinctina, which initially has globose to subglobose isidia. In addition, X. isidiigera with its very tightly adnate thallus and even more narrow (c. half the size of those of X. australasica), cylindrical isidia occurs occasionally. Xanthoparmelia australasica is in fact relatively rare in North America. 

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Source: Lichen Flora of the Greater Sonoran Desert Region

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