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Xanthoria polycarpa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Ascomycota
Class: Lecanoromycetes
Order: Teloschistales
Family: Teloschistaceae
Genus: Xanthoria
(Fr.) Th. Fr.
Type species
Xanthoria parietina
(L.) Beltr.

Xanthoria is a genus of lichenized fungi in the family Teloschistaceae.[1] Common names include orange lichen,[2] orange wall lichen,[3]:134 and sunburst lichen.[3]:134 They can be identified by their characteristic Squamulose morphology with distinctive "fairy cups".

Species include:[2]



  1. ^ Lumbsch TH, Huhndorf SM. (December 2007). "Outline of Ascomycota – 2007". Myconet. Chicago, USA: The Field Museum, Department of Botany. 13: 1–58. Archived from the original on March 18, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Xanthoria. USDA PLANTS.
  3. ^ a b Field Guide to California Lichens, Stephen Sharnoff, Yale University Press, 2014, ISBN 978-0-300-19500-2
  4. ^ a b Kärnefelt, I., et al. (2002). Xanthoria karrooensis and X. alexanderbaai (Teloschistaceae), two new lichen species from southern Africa. The Lichenologist 34(4) 333–46.

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