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Gnome's Fingers

Pycnothelia papillaria


An unusual lichen growing with many Cladonia species. No other examples found in the park.


Granitic habitat, a gravel quarry with boulder fields and a seasonal wetland that is now dry. This small mountain is home to several endemic plants.

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lenrely a month ago


Machi a month ago

I'm glad it sounds like you did not give into that temptation - most lichens won't survive transplantation because they have very specific environmental needs. Speaking of which, I'd love to nominate this observation for spotting of the week! If you could describe that habitat where you found it in the habitat field and add some observations about it in the description, I think this would make a good candidate for SOTW!

lenrely a month ago

Thank you! It's very small. I'm moving and for a moment I was tempted to bring it with me.

Machi a month ago

Wow! Cool lichen. I've never heard of this one. I would have guessed it was just a strange Cladonia! Nice to learn about a new lichen species.

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Hiddenite, North Carolina, United States

Spotted on May 1, 2021
Submitted on Nov 30, 2021

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