Nash, T.H., Ryan, B.D., Gries, C., Bungartz, F., (eds.) 2004. Lichen Flora of the Greater Sonoran Desert Region. Vol 2.
Thallus: foliose, adnate to loosely adnate, 4-7 cm in diam., irregularly lobate lobes: subirregular, elongate, plane to subconvex, separate, contiguous to somewhat imbricate, 13 mm wide, not lobulate; apices: subrotund to subtruncate, smooth to crenate, eciliate upper surface: light yellow to yellow-green, smooth, shiny, epruinose and emaculate, moderately to densely isidiate isidia: initially globose, soon becoming subcylindrical and irregularly inflated, unbranched or sparsely branched, 0.07-0.1 mm in diam., 0.1-0.5 mm tall; tips: weakly to strongly epicorticate, brown, +erumpent; soralia and pustulae absent medulla: white, with continuous algal layer lower surface: dark brown to black, plane, moderately to densely rhizinate; rhizines: black, simple, 0.2-0.5 mm long Apothecia: rare, substipitate, 2-7 mm wide, laminal on thallus; disc: cinnamon-brown to dark brown; margin: smooth, pruina absent asci: clavate, 8-spored ascospores: hyaline, simple, ellipsoid, 9-10 x 4-5 µm Pycnidia: rare, immersed conidia: bifusiform, 5-6 x 1 µm Spot tests: upper cortex K-, C-, KC-, P-; medulla K-, C-, KC-, P+ yellow Secondary metabolites: upper cortex with usnic acid (major); medulla with psoromic acid (major) 2'-O-demethylpsoromic acid (minor), and usually subpsoromic acid (trace). Substrate and ecology: on acidic rocks, often in open, arid habitats World and Sonoran distribution: occasional at lower to intermediate elevations in Arizona, and Sonora. Notes: Xanthoparmelia nigrolavicola is distinguished by the adnate, foliose thallus with a isidiate upper surface, the dark brown to black lower surface and the presence of psoromic and 2'-O-demethylpsoromic acids in the medulla. Xanthoparmelia lavicola has identical medullary chemistry and superficially similar thalli and isidia but is distinguished in having a pale tan to brown lower surface.