Distribution: N - Frl (Puntillo & Puntillo 2009), Ven (Thor & Nascimbene 2007, Nascimbene 2008c, Nascimbene & al. 2013b), TAA (Nascimbene & al. 2006e, 2007b, 2922, Puntillo & Puntillo 2009, Nascimbene 2013, Nimis & al. 2015), Lomb (Puntillo & Puntillo 2009). C - Tosc (Benesperi & al. 2007), Abr (Ravera 2002b). S - Bas (Puntillo & Puntillo 2009), Cal (Puntillo 1994, 1996, Puntillo & Puntillo 2009).
Description: Thallus crustose, endosubstratic, poorly evident, sometimes appearing as a greenish or grey stain on the substrate. Apothecia stalked, pin-like, 0.9-1.6 mm high. Stalk slender, shining black in lower part, usually white-pruinose in upper part, consisting of periclinally arranged, medium brown hyphae. Capitulum 0.2-0.3 mm across, obconical, white-pruinose in lower part, with a well-developed, cushion-like excipulum; inner part of excipulum consisting of periclinally arranged hyphae, continuous with the stalk tissue, outer part of swollen, antinclinally arranged hyphae. Mazaedium well-developed, brown; hypothecium obconical, pale brown, with a convex upper surface. Asci short-cylindrical or irregular, formed in chains, dissolving early, with 1-seriate to irregularly arranged ascospores. Ascospores 1-celled, brown to pale brown, globose, 3-4 µm wide, with a smooth to irregularly cracked wall. Photobiont chlorococcoid, with rectangular cells (Stichococcus). Spot tests: thallus K-, C-, KC-, P-. Chemistry: thallus without lichen substances.
Note: a cool-temperate to circumboreal-montane species found on hard and dry lignum, especially of conifers, in humid, montane to subalpine forests, more rarely on bark and lignum of deciduous trees. It is included in the Italian red list of epiphytic lichens as “Near-threatened” (Nascimbene & al. 2013c).