Synonyms: Placidium umbrinum (Breuss) M. Prieto & Breuss
Distribution: N - Piem.
Description: Thallus squamulose, medium to dark brown, dull, epruinose. Squamules 2-4 mm broad, 0.2-0.3 mm thick, rounded or slightly lobed, flattened, smooth, dispersed or loosely aggregated, usually not overlapping, rather fragile. Lower surface pale to usually dark, attached by simple dark rhizines and by 4-5.5 µm thick, brown rhizohyphae. Upper cortex paraplectenchymatous, 20-50 µm thick; lower cortex absent; medulla white in upper part, brownish in lower part. Perithecia laminal, black, immersed in the squamules, broadly pyriform, without involucrellum, up to 0.4 mm across. Exciple black-brown throughout; hymenium colourless, I+ red, K/I+ blue; paraphyses absent, substituted by periphyses. Asci 8-spored, clavate, thin-walled, the wall I-, with biseriately arranged spores. Ascospores 1-celled, hyaline, thin-walled, 13-17 x 6-8 µm. Pycnidia black, laminal, immersed. Conidia oblong-ellipsoid, 3-4.5 x c. 1.5 µm. Photobiont chlorococcoid. Spot tests: cortex and medulla K-, C-, KC-, P-, UV-. Chemistry: without lichen substances.
Note: a terricolous lichen found on calciferous, clayey soil; only known from Dalmatia, France and Piemonte, this species is worthy of further study.
Growth form: Squamulose
Substrata: soil, terricolous mosses, and plant debris