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Usnea baileyi (Stirton) Zahlbr.
Family: Parmeliaceae
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Stephen Sharnoff  
Thallus: erect-shrubby to subpendulous, very stiff branching: anisotomic-dichotomous, divergent basal part: concolorous with branches or dark brown to black branches: not segmented, only here and there with thin and ┬▒incomplete annular cracks, cylindrical or irregular, terete; lateral branches: not narrowed at attachment points segments: absent papillae: absent tubercles: nearly absent to numerous, low-verrucous to truncate-conic, paler at top, sometimes eroded, irregularly distributed mainly on secondary branches fibercles: nearly absent fibrils: long (2-6 mm) and slender, irregularly distributed mainly on main branches soralia: punctiform, of irregular outline, smaller than half the diameter of the branch, even or slightly stipitate, developed from the top of tubercles or initially from the cortex, mainly on secondary and terminal branches isidiomorphs: nearly absent to numerous and conspicuous, giving a spinulous appearance to the thallus (lens at 10x) pseudocyphellae: absent cortex: thin (2-4%), medulla: thin and compact, with a pink-red pigment in the area close to the axis axis: very thick (usually > 80%), fistulose (whole thallus) with loose hyphae inside, sometimes with a yellow pigment Apothecia: not seen Spot tests: medulla K+ yellowish, C+ yellow, KC+ yellow, P- Secondary metabolites: diffractaic acid (major), ┬▒barbatic acid (minor), eumitrins. Substrate and ecology: on bark and on rock World distribution: pantropical Sonoran distribution: one old collection from the San Gabriel Mountains in southern California, probably extinct. Notes: The stiff thallus, the thin pink pigmented medulla and the fistulose axis clearly define Usnea baileyi and make it easily recognizable.