Batwing Vinyl


Leptogium platinum [Endangered/ Red-listed] Not exactly like a bat wing with all those crowded fruiting bodies, this curious lichen does have the same transverse wrinkles that help distinguish it from Peacock vinyl.

Carbuncular Toad


Neofuscelia verruculifera [Red-listed] Found frequently over rock in open coastal and inland sites at lower elevations. BC to California and West Eurasia. Small to medium stratified foliose lichens...

Concentric Vinyl


Leptogium pseudofurfuraceum [Blue-listed] Unique in being our only bearded vinyl, this rare lichen growing on Garry oaks is distinct in having a ruffled margin and an underside covered in short hair-like scales.

Continuous Ribbon


Ramalina subleptocarpha [Blue-listed] This lichen is in the Ramalinaceae family. This unique ribbon-like lichen is branched from a narrow holdfast in two’s (dichotomously) and the branches can be up to 15 cm long. It is pale grey to greenish yellow, very flat and thin and never forming bundles of hyphae. It grows only on the bark of trees. It occurs south to California.

Coral Crackers


Fuscopannaria coralloidea [Red-listed] Within a tough group of lichens to identify, this species stands out with a body that resembles finely branching coral.

Eared Tarpaper


Collema auriforme [Red-listed] Curious with its habit of growing on our Garry oaks, this species more commonly occurs on alkaline ground or rock in other jurisdictions. With its prominently thickened margin (like an ear) and profusion of globular propagules, it’s easy to recognize and locally rare. Known on Salt Spring Island only from one location.

Exploding Beard


Usnea intermedia [Red-listed] Usnea intermedia (western bushy beard) is a grayish-yellowish pale green, irregularly much-branching, stiff shrubby foliose lichen commonly anchored on holdfasts on trees, often on oaks. Abundant apothecia are convex discs with a ring or thallus-like margin having tendril-like fringe radiating from it. It was formerly called U. arizonica in North America.

Flaming Specklebelly


Pseudocyphellaria crocata [Blue-listed] Without a doubt, this eye-catching lichen is our showiest species and always a delight to find. In our area, it grows mostly on Garry oaks but also occasionally over rock. Known on Salt Spring Island from one location.