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Sticta Amplissima Lichen

Sticta Amplissima LichenSticta amplissima, (Scop.) Mass.

Habit and habitat.-On fallen trunks and trees.

Vegetative organs (thallus). Extending over quite large areas, in an ever-widening circle appressed to the surface on which it grows; leathery, smooth, becoming wrinkled with age; ashengreen above; tawny, and covered with short, soft hairs (villous) beneath; the lobes elongated, wide, usually compacted, or narrow and repeatedly lobed.

Fruiting organs (apothecia). -Scattered, sometimes quite large, the disk chestnut; the margin entire and inflexed.

Name.-The specific name amplissima, the Latin for "very extensive," refers to its habit of growth.