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Cladina stellaris var. aberrans (Abbayes) Ahti

Data Set Maintenance: Data set standard item. Data set author(s): Brodo I. & Ahti T. (96-12-10). Data set to be published after submission; 96-12-10.

Nomenclature: Current taxonomic status: accepted or basionymous. Taxonomic rank: species. Cladonia. Cladoniaceae Zenker (1827).

Taxonomic Literature: Brodo I.M. & Ahti T., Can. J. Bot. 74: 1147-1180 (1996).

Ecology: Growing sun-exposed; under conditions which are dry.

Thallus: Crustose; branches caespitose (forming rounded heads, often in clumps). Primary Thallus: Evanescent. Secondary Thallus: Present, of indeterminate growth; stipe 40-70 mm high, .7-.8 mm wide, lime green (104), homogeneously coloured, with intact wall, 120-150 µm thick. Upper Surface: Verruculose (the tips having a thick, cottony appearance, with a verruculose surface occurring on older portions of the podetia), byssoid.

Reproduction Strategy: Only known as sterile, asexually reproducing form. Ascocarps: Sparse.

Conidiomata: Formed on podetia.

Pycnidia: With reddish ostiolar gel.

Secondary Metabolites: Perlatolic acid, psoromic acid, and usnic acid (with conpsoromic acid).

Spot Tests: Upper surface: K – (negative), PD + yellow (at the branch tips).

UV-Fluorescence: Reaction colour: bright bluish white.

(report generated 15.Nov.2007)

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