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Checklist of the Lichens of Australia and its Island Territories
Introduction | A–D | E–O | P–R | S–Z | Oceanic Islands | References
Sticta caperata (Nyl.) Nyl.
  Acta Soc. Sci. Fenn. 7: 437 (1863); Sticta damaecornis var. caperata Nyl., Syn. Meth. Lich. 1(2): 357 (1860); Sticta sinuosa var. caperata (Nyl.) Müll.Arg., J. Linn. Soc. (Bot.) 32: 202 (1896). T: Île Bourbon [Réunion], coll. unknown; lecto: H-NYL 33639, fide D.J.Galloway, Tropical Bryol. 15: 127 (1998).  
  Thallus rosette-forming to irregular, loosely attached centrally, 5–10 (–18) cm wide. Lobes broadly rounded, 1–2.5 (–3) cm wide, irregularly and sparingly branched, discrete, contiguous to overlapping at margins, complex-imbricate to ±continuous centrally; sinuses rounded; margins entire, sinuous, thickened below, with or without short dark tomentum. Upper surface pale grey-green or olivaceous when dry, olive-green when wet, plane to convex, shallowly undulate, minutely pitted or wrinkled in parts, matt or glossy. Photobiont green. Lower surface pale tan at margins, darkening centrally, uniformly dark tomentose. Cyphellae common, crowded, 0.1–0.8 mm diam.; margins conspicuous, swollen; pit membrane white. Apothecia occasional to rare or absent, marginal and submarginal, sessile, 1–2 mm diam.; disc dark red-brown, matt to glossy; exciple coarsely scabrid-areolate, pale buff. Ascospores fusiform, 1–3-septate (contents vacuolate and appearing spuriously 5–7-septate), 36–44 (–47) × 8–9 µm, colourless.
  A rare species of montane rainforest in north-eastern N.S.W. (alt. 700–1090 m). It also occurs in Réunion, Madagascar, Comoro Is., Vanuatu, Fiji and Tahiti, and is probably more widely distributed in the western Pacific.  
  Galloway (2001b)  

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