Species of the Month - December 2013

Frilly-fruited Jelly Lichen

Leptogium burgessii

The Frilly-fruited Jelly Lichen is a species of humid Atlantic woodland, most commonly found on Hazel but sometimes on other alkaline-barked trees such as Ash and Willow, or on mossy rocks.  It is much more frequent in the west of Scotland than anywhere else in Britain.  See distribution map.

Leptogium burgessii

This lichen is one of many large dark leafy species found in our ancient hazelwoods such as those at Ballachuan and Glen Nant.  As the lichen is very easy to recognise, it is a good way for beginners to pick out promising woodlands.  Any wood in which it occurs is likely to have a good population of other Oceanic lichens and may even support the Hazel Gloves fungus. 

Leptogium burgessii

The lichen is swollen and brown when wet, thin and slaty grey when dry.  It is typically covered with reddish-brown fruitbodies (apothecia) which have a frilly ruff of small crisped fingers extending around them.  Similar outgrowths occur on the body of the lichen and on its edges.

Leptogium burgessii


Please send in your Frilly-fruited Jelly Lichen sightings using the form below, or email sightings@lnhg.org.uk with the details if you prefer.  If you are not sure of the identity of your lichen, please send a photo to sightings@lnhg.org.uk, or put one on the LORN forum and let me know it is there.

Date of sighting 
Grid reference 
Host tree (or other substrate) 
Name of finder 
Your name (if different) 
Email (not needed if I already know it!) 
Any other details, e.g. frequency,
habitat, associated species


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Carl Farmer
G Biological Records Manager

Note you can still send in records for past species of the month.  Here is the list of species we've had so far:

Nov 2013 - Whooper Swan
Oct 2013 - Ballerina Waxcap
Sep 2013 - Parrot Waxcap
Aug 2013 - Vapourer Moth

Jul 2013 - Emerald Damselfly
Jun 2013 - Globe Flower
May 2013 - Early Purple Orchid
Apr 2013 - Peacock Butterfly
Mar 2013 - Oak Beauty
Feb 2013 - Coral Lungwort

Jan 2013 - Willow Jelly Button & Birch Jelly Button
Dec 2012 - Dice Lichen
Nov 2012 - Feathered Thorn
Oct 2012 - Dryad's Saddle
Sep 2012 - Tawny Grisette
Aug 2012 - Forest Bug
Jul 2012 - Grayling
Jun 2012 - Greater and Lesser Butterfly Orchids
May 2012 - Small Copper
Apr 2012 - Green Tiger Beetle
Mar 2012 - March Moth
Feb 2012 - Barren Strawberry
Jan 2012 - Brambling
Dec 2011 - Red Squirrel
Nov 2011 - Hazel Gloves
Oct 2011 - Small Tortoiseshell
Sep 2011 - Fly Agaric
Aug 2011 - Grass of Parnassus
Jul 2011 - Golden-ringed Dragonfly
Jun 2011 - 7-spot Ladybird
May 2011 - Green Hairstreak
Apr 2011 - Townhall Clock

Mar 2011 - Frogspawn

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