Japewiella dollypartoniana, a New Widespread Lichen in the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern North America

Published:

March 2015

Author

Jessica L. Allen

Additional Authors

James C. Lendemer

ABSTRACT Japewiella dollypartoniana is described as new to science based on material from the Appalachian Mountains and adjacent regions of the Atlantic Coastal Plain. It is distinguished from other species of Japewia and Japewiella by its sorediate thallus and production of norstictic acid. Placement in Japewiella is supported by characters from fertile populations discovered in the Unicoi Mountains of western North Carolina which have apothecia that resemble those of Japewia torno¨ ensis (Nyl.) Tønsberg but differ in having a well-developed proper exciple and ascospores without a thick, gelatinous sheath.

Keywords

Biogeography, Dolly Parton, endemism, heath bald, sterile crustose lichen