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Ochrolechia subplicans (Nyl.) Brodo
Family: Ochrolechiaceae
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Stephen Sharnoff  
Thompson, J., 1997. American Arctic Lichens: The Microlichens.
Thallus thin and smooth or becoming chinky-areolate and somewhat dispersed, margins indistinct, areolae rounded or flat, yellowish or roseate white; lacking soredia or isidia. Fertile areolae 4-5 mm broad, appearing as if apothecia of a Lecanora, projecting above thallus, sometimes containing only a single apothecium, but often developing to contain a number which are deeply embedded, with small pale ostioles showing in folds of upper side, forming a rosette-like fruit, underside almost umbilicate; hypothecium pale to dark brown; epihymenium pale to yellow-brown or dark brown, K—; hymenium hyaline to pink; spores 8 (sometimes 4 or 6), mainly biseriate, spore walls double, both thin, outer and inner each 1-2 μm thick, smooth and without thickened tips, ovoid to ellipsoid, 16-74 X 9-45 μm.

Reactions: cortex K—, C—, KC—, P-, UV—; medulla K—, C+ red, KC+ red, UV+, P-.

Contents: gyrophoric, variolaric, and alectoronic acids.

This species grows on rocks. It is North American arctic, ranging from Alaska to Ellesmere Island.

Brodo (1988) divides the material into two subspecies as follows: