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one of the "Soldier" lichens.


growing on fungus and dead log. Coweeta in Nantahala NF


Lichen Bioblitz

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arlanda 5 years ago

Probably it is Cladonia cristatella, the typical "British soldier". The fact that is growing on dead wood supports it. But Cladonias are really difficult to identify and many times microscopy is needed. There are a few, at least here in Europe, that are very similar like C. floerkiana or C. macilenta but I do not know if you have them in USA. We do not have C. cristatella here in Europe.

sarah in the woods
sarah in the woods 5 years ago

Yes. There are a few cladonias with red caps, each with the word "soldier" in the common name. I don't know how to tell them apart.

arlanda 5 years ago

Cladonia sp.?

North Carolina, USA

Lat: 35.29, Long: -83.67

Spotted on Mar 29, 2014
Submitted on Apr 4, 2014

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