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Blistered Umbilicaria Lichen

Blistered Umbilicaria LichenThe Blistered Umbilicaria, Umbilicaria pustulata, (L.) Hoffm.

Habit and habitat.-On rocks in dry localities.

Vegetative organs (thallus),-Horizontal and leaf-like, cartilaginous; ash-coloured above, whitish toward the centre, pale brownish or ash-coloured below; smooth on both surfaces, often covered with a white powder (pruinose), with numerous pustular protusions above and corresponding indentations below.

Fruiting organs (apothecia).-Somewhat shield-like.

Name.-The specific name pustulata is the Latin for "blistered" and refers to the protusions on the thallus.