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Southern Soldiers Lichen

Cladonia didyma

Description:

Red-tipped, minty green lichen with some darkening of the podetia ("stalks"). The podetia are 10-30mm long with red caps called apothecia--which are spore-bearing structures. The Cladonia genus is comprised of moss-like cup lichens. Lichens are composite organisms comprised of a fungus being inhabited by algae or cyanobacteria. According to NatureServe Explorer, Cladonia didyma's national status is N1 (critically imperiled).

Habitat:

Growing at the top of a ridge in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in Northwest Georgia (Gordon County), US

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13 Comments

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Very nice! Congrats.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

There is indeed a festive color theme... as with yesterday's Kukri snake (you feel as if could wrap presents with it :-) )!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Congrats!

flowntheloop
flowntheloop 3 years ago

Thank you, AntónioGinjaGinja!

I feel like its kind of a festive color scheme too? Haha!

Beautiful series flowntheloop,ilove these guy's :-) congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

flowntheloop
flowntheloop 3 years ago

Thank you so much! I'm glad everyone thought they were beautiful too!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Congratulations Lisa, these tiny guys have earned you a Spotting of the Day:

"Today we bring you to the marvellous small world of Cladonia lichens, with these Southern Soldiers (Cladonia didyma) as our Spotting of the Day! Project Noah member flowntheloop writes: "Red-tipped, minty green lichen with some darkening of the podetia ("stalks"). The podetia are 10-30mm long with red caps called apothecia--which are spore-bearing structures. The Cladonia genus is comprised of moss-like cup lichens. Lichens are composite organisms comprised of a fungus being inhabited by algae or cyanobacteria. According to NatureServe Explorer, Cladonia didyma's national status is N1 (critically imperiled)".
Next time you take a forest walk, look out for Cladonia lichens: https://buff.ly/2Djq5TN "

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flowntheloop
flowntheloop 3 years ago

I can totally see that! :)

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago

Beautiful! I think they look like a field of poppies...Or, maybe Nerds candy.

flowntheloop
flowntheloop 3 years ago

Haha! :D Yes, Mark! I think the common name suits them well!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

I hear the beating of tiny drums. :)

flowntheloop
flowntheloop 3 years ago

Thank you so much, Zlatan! I never tire of seeing them!

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 3 years ago

a beauty!

flowntheloop
Spotted by
flowntheloop

Georgia, USA

Spotted on Oct 1, 2017
Submitted on Dec 19, 2017

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