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