(Huds.) Weber ex Wigg.
Crinkled Jelly Lichen
SYNONYMS: C. cheileum
HABIT: A tiny, gelatinous, foliose lichen. Color is
olive-black. Thallus usually consists of an apothecium with a crown of lobes
(thus having a crinkled appearance).
SIMILAR SPECIES: C. coccophorum, C. bachmanianum, and
C. tenax. Collema is a difficult group and similar species should be
determined by an expert.
TOTAL RANGE: There are widely scattered records of this
species across the U.S.
STATE RANGE: Records from Seneca (1967) and Gallia (1974)
STATE STATUS: 1992-1993: Added, 1994 to present: Presumed
HABITAT: Both Ohio records are from compacted sandy soil in
HAZARDS: Destruction of habitat; shading due to vegetation
RECOVERY POTENTIAL: Unknown.
INVENTORY GUIDELINES: Collect material on soil. Stabilize
soil with dilute white glue. Store in paper herbarium packet.
COMMENTS: The Gallia County site was searched in 1993 and
found to be very much altered. C. crispum is presumed extirpated at this
Hale, M.E. 1979. How to know the lichens. Wm. C. Brown
Company Publishers. Dubuque, Iowa. 246 pp.
Taylor, C.J. 1967. The lichens of Ohio. Part 1.
Foliose lichens. Ohio Biological Survey Biological Notes No. 3.
Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Created: 3/1995 Ray Showman
Database Code: SPQB.L04