Vezdaea stipitata is one of the minute Vezdaea species forming stalked apothecia, partly transparent when wet. They may resemble the synnemata of the lichen Dictyocatenulata alba, which are, however, white, larger and grow almost exclusively on wet bases of deciduous trees. In contrast to similar V. leprosa, it only forms a film-like glossy thallus without goniocysts. The two species are well distinguished based on paraphyes (Chambers & Purvis 2009).
It grows on less stable organic substrates, mainly bryophytes, plant debris or macrolichens (e.g., Peltigera). It does not have specific habitat requirements. It grows in old-growth forests, on soil at subalpine elevations above the upper tree line, in limestone areas or even within urban agglomerations. In the Czech Republic, there is a single record from an old-growth forest on the Hraničník Mt in the Šumava Mts (Palice 1999). However, it might be expected at more localities.
Literature: Palice Z. (1999): New and noteworthy records of lichens in the Czech Republic. – Preslia 71: 289–336. Chambers S. P. & Purvis O. W. (2009): Vezdaea Tscherm.-Woess & Poelt (1976). – In: Smith C. W., Aptroot A., Coppins B. J., Fletcher A., Gilbert O. L., James P. W. & Wolseley P. A. [eds], The lichens of Great Britain and Ireland, p. 958–961, British Lichen Society, London.taxonomic classification:
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