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Cup Lichen

Cladonia sp.


Another squamulose lichen, very common one around. Here, the primary thallus visible but easy to overlook - it consists of these dark green small squamules forming a mat-like structure over the substrat. Squamules bear the secondary thallus, or podetia; which consist of cylindrical narrow stalks that abruptly expand into a cup-like structures and bear apothecia later on.


As said above, when I pay attention I find Cup lichens everywhere in our counties , they seem to be very common ones. This one here, I found them on wooden hence posts; a hence surrounding an agricultural storage yard, just next to a protected montane stream in Jura mountain range; on edges of mixed (oak, beech, spruce and fir) forest growing on slopes.


I'm incline to think of this one as C. digitata; because of the form of few podetia (pic N° 1 and 2) and that brown-black apothecia (possibly dried up, on pic N° 2).

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Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Lamoura, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France

Spotted on Mar 5, 2021
Submitted on Mar 22, 2021

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