As you may well be aware of by now, I’m no expert on lichens, even though I love taking photographs of them. I’m guessing this lichen, which I found growing on a small rotting branch in the woods at Balbirnie House Park, is a member of the Fruticose Cup or Trumpet group of lichens.
If anyone recognises this beautiful wee lichen, I’d really like to a bit more about it.
Thanks to Inese from inesemjphotography, who I think has correctly identified my mystery lichen. It looks like it’s Xanthoria parietina, a foliose lichen that is sometimes known as common orange lichen, yellow scale, maritime sunburst lichen or shore lichen. It prefers growing on bark, but can also be found on rocks, especially those that are likely to be splattered by bird droppings, which enhances its ability to grow.