A species forming yellow apothecia on a grey, relatively thick, occasionally blastidiate thallus, which, however, may sometimes contain yellow pigments (Malíček et al. 2014). Specimens with a less developed thallus may resemble the related C. aurella. Ecologically, it is one of the lichens growing on vertical to overhanging natural calcareous rocks, exceptionally also on anthropogenic substrates. It is rather a rare species in Europe, with a centre of distribution in south-eastern part of the continent. Most records are from calcareous mountain areas, where it occurs at middle to high elevations. There is only a limited number of mainly natural localities in central Europe. In the Czech Republic, C. plumbea has been reported from the Český kras karst region, calcareous conglomerates near Moravský Krumlov, and from a concrete near Mydlovary in southern Bohemia.
Literature: Malíček J., Palice Z. & Vondrák J. (2014): New lichen records and rediscoveries from the Czech Republic and Slovakia. – Herzogia 27: 257–284.taxonomic classification:
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