Fungi Outer Hebrides

Family: Sphaerophoraceae

Bunodophoron melanocarpum (Sw.) Wedin

Type: Fruticose

A distinctive coral-like thallus, with flattened main branches ending in short, cylindrical finger-like branches. The black apothecia are formed on the tips of the branches and release a powdery mass of spores. The stronghold is north-west Scotland where it is common. Found with mosses on siliceous rocks

Smith, C.W. et al. editors (2009) The Lichens of Great Britain and Irelandd
Dobson, F.S. (2018) Lichens: an Illustrated Guide to the British and Irish Species