Stenocybe septata Mycocaliciaceae
Stenocybe septata

Growth type crustose
Chemical reactions negative

Common in old woodlands, usually on Holly, occasional on Birch, Oak, Rowan and Hazel. Sometimes grows through the thallii of other lichens.

Thallus and photobiont absent. Black, shiny, 'pinhead' apothecia, heads narrowly clavate, occur singly or in small groups. Spores mostly 3-septate, becoming reddish-brown.

Similar: Stenocybe pullata is only found on Alder

Stenocybe septata
Stenocybe septata
Sterile specimen above on Holly, Studland, Dorset. April 2015

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