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British Soldier Lichen

Cladonia cristatella


The structure of the British soldier lichen can be called a podetium, where the entire structure is a fruticose lichen, because of the upright branches. The red structure at the top is an apothecium, an open ascocarp (fruiting body) that bears the ascospores in asci.

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chesterbperry 6 years ago

Gorgeous specimen Jared, I invite you to add this and any other lichens you may have from the region to my mission,

JC_Forester 6 years ago

Me too Mark! It was also solitary. Its amazing how something like this can appear to grow on a rock.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Nice example Jared. The ones I've found only have maybe one or two red tips. That's a classic.

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Kentucky, USA

Spotted on Jun 6, 2013
Submitted on Jun 6, 2013

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