How to identify: Melanelixia


Close-up of Melanelixia lichenMelanelixia grows in both polluted and clean air environments. Like Parmelia and Flavoparmelia it can be found on trees in towns and in the countryside.

There are two species found on trees in England. This survey does not distinguish between the two.


  • Dull brown lobes
  • Closely attached to bark
  • Paler areas show when surface is rubbed - a useful way to tell it apart from similar species

Common name
Camouflage lichen (USA)