How to identify: Hypogymnia


Close-up of the Hypogymnia lichenHypogymnia is very sensitive to nitrogen pollution in the air so is rarely found close to roads in big cities.

There are two species found on trees in England, both are very common and this survey does not distinguish between the two.


  • Lobes are evenly green-grey
  • Ends are sometimes powdery
  • Lobes puffed up and hollow

Common names
Heather rags (UK), Tube lichen (USA)


Did you know?

  • Hypogymnia is a favoured delicacy of hungry woodland slugs. They will often eat it all.