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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).
Lat: 34.58, Long: -84.69
Spotted on Jul 29, 2017
Submitted on Aug 2, 2017
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