Common Greenshield Lichen - Flavoparmelia caperata

Alt Name
Greenshield Lichen

A conspicuous medium to large leafy lichen, it is pale grey when dry and yellow green when wet. It has rounded lobes, measuring 3 to 8 mm wide, and these often have a wrinkled appearance especially in older specimens.


Trunks of deciduous trees and on other, generally base-poor, substrates.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread and locally common, scarcer in central and northern Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map