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Southern Soldiers Lichen

Cladonia didyma


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. This is a first-time spotting on Project Noah. The Cladonia genus is comprised of moss-like cup lichens. Lichens are composite organisms comprised of a fungus being inhabited by algae or cyanobacteria.


Growing on moss in dense, moist mixed hardwood forest.


According to NatureServe Explorer, Cladonia didyma's national status is N1 (critically imperiled).

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flowntheloop 6 years ago

Aww! Thanks, Felix!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 6 years ago

Fantastic pictures and spotting!

flowntheloop 6 years ago

Thank you, Mark! I was so excited to see these beauties!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Nice series.

flowntheloop 6 years ago

Thank you, AshleyT!! I'm so pleased!

AshleyT 6 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

flowntheloop 6 years ago

Thank you, Joseph! <3


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Georgia, USA

Spotted on Jul 29, 2017
Submitted on Aug 2, 2017

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