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 Life habit: lichenized; Thallus: crustose, continuous to areolate, margin thinning at edge, without elongated lobes; prothallus: present, yellow orange; surface: orange, smooth, without asexual propagules; cortex: cellular, 15-20 µm thick, granules absent, medulla dense, without granules; Apothecia: adnate, 0.3-0.5 mm in diam., lecanorine; disc: orange, flat or convex, epruinose; margin: persistent, flush; thalline margin absent; proper margin visible, concolorous with disc; parathecium: elongate to oval cells; exciple below hypothecium amorphous; epihymenium: golden, K+ red, H-, 10%N-, cN-, C-; hymenium: hyaline, 70-84 µm tall; paraphyses: 3-4 tip cells swollen, not branched; subhymenium hyaline; asci: cylindrical, 8-spored; ascospores: hyaline, 2 locules, ellipsoid, 11-14 x 5.5-7 µm, isthmus 3-5.5 µm, spore end wall thin; Pycnidia: present, totally immersed, ostiole orange; Spot tests: apothecial margin K+ red; thallus K+ red, H-, 10%N-, cN-, C-; Secondary metabolites: parietin, fallacinal, emodin, and teloschistin.; Substrate and ecology: on non-calcareous rocks or occasionally on calcareous rocks; World distribution: coastal western North America; Sonoran distribution: southern California and Baja California.; Notes: Caloplaca rosei is characterized by its apricot-orange thallus with only scattered slightly convex areoles with no elongated areoles at the margins and with a paler orange prothallus:. On the North American west coast it might be confused with C. marina subsp. americana which has a discontinuous thallus of strongly convex areoles and more concave apothecia. 


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Source: Lichen Flora of the Greater Sonoran Desert Region

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