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Snow lichen

Cladia retipora


When this lichen fruits it presents a delicate net-like fungal body consisting of tubes, leaves and arms all with holes of about 3-5mm diameter.
En masse it can resemble a light sprinkling of snow. This display covered many hundreds of square metres.


In a national park on a cleared fire track with very sandy soil. Decent rain had fallen about 4 days previously.


Cladia retipora was the first Australian lichen to be described in a scientific publication.
Ascomycota; Pezizomycotina; Lecanoromycetes; Lecanoromycetidae; Lecanorales; Cladoniaceae; Cladia

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 months ago

Thanks Jim. Yes it certainly looks marine.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 9 months ago

Mark, at first glance, I thought this was coral. Nice spotting!

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -38.45, Long: 144.92

Spotted on Jun 6, 2018
Submitted on Jun 11, 2018

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