Description: ThaIlus crustose, episubstratic, continuous to rimose-areolate, grey to grey-green, sometimes delimited by a dark prothallus. Apothecia lecideine, (0.5-)0.5-0.8(-1.1) mm across, with a convex, usually epruinose, dark purple-brown to black, often mottled disc, and a concolorous or slightly paler, smooth, persistent or rarely excluded proper margin. Proper exciple 45-120 µm wide, without crystals or rarely with radiating clusters of crystals, brown or red-brown in upper and outer parts, pale yeI1ow to colourless within, the pigmented parts K+ purplish; epithecium brown to black-brown, K+ purplish N+ orange-red,located in the cell walls, forming distinct grey-brown caps over apices of paraphyses; hymenium colourless or with brown vertical streaks, 75-115 µm high, the pigment located in the cell walls, forming distinct grey-brown caps over apices of paraphyses; paraphyses 0.8-1.6 µm thick at mid-level, the apical cells not swollen to clavate, (1.2-)2-3(-4) µm wide, with a grey-brown cap; hypothecium colourless or pale yellow. Asci 8-spored, cylindrical-clavate, surrounded by a gelatinous I+ blue coat, with a well-developed I+ blue tholus, a I+ darker blue tube and a well-developed ocular chamber, Bacidia-type. Ascospores (2-)4-12-septate, hyaline, needle-like, straight to slightly curved, (32-)36-67(-73) x (2.5-)3-4(-4.3) µm. Pycnidia partly or entirely immersed, dark in uppermost part. Conidia simple, thread-like, curved, 5-10 x c. 1 µm. Photobiont chlorococcoid. Spot tests: thallus K- or rarely K+ yellowish, C-, KC-, P-. Chemistry: thallus without lichen substances or with traces of atranorin; epithecium, rim of proper exciple, and pycnidial wall with the Laurocerasi-brown pigment; hypothecium and inner part of proper exciple with the Rubella-orange pigment.
Note: this epiphytic species was described from the surroudings of Buenos Aires, and is known from several localities in tropical areas (Ekman 1996). According to Ekman (in litt.), material in LD distributed by Anzi in Lich. Rar. Etruriae n 24 under “Bacidia atro-grisea, ad Quercuum juniorum cortices propre Florentiam" belongs to this species, which in Europe was frequently confused with B. laurocerasi.
Growth form: Crustose
Photobiont: green algae other than Trentepohlia
Reproductive strategy: mainly sexual
Most common in areas with a humid-warm climate (e.g. most of Tyrrenian Italy)