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Dog Peltigera Lichen

Dog Peltigera LichenThe Dog Peltigera, Peltigera canina, (L.) Hoffm.

Habit and habitat. This lichen grows in extensive patches on logs or on the ground.

Vegetative organ (thallus).-Large greenish-gray, ashy, or brownish: membranaceous, round-lobed; furrowed and downy on the upper surface: whitish beneath with light-coloured veins and hairs, sometimes becoming dark.

Fruiting disks (apothecia).-Reddish-brown; of large size; rounded, becoming semi-revolute and vertical. Supposed to resemble dogs' teeth and for this reason, on the supposition that "'Like cures like," used as a remedy for hydrophobia.

Name.-The specific name canina from the Latin canis, a dog.

Spores. -Somewhat needle-shaped; four- to eight-celled.