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British Soldier lichen

Cladonia cristatella


ladonia cristatella is a very common and well known lichen, found throughout the northeastern USA into Canada. There are look-alike species throughout most of the world as well. The little red "caps" that resemble the red hats worn by invading British troops during the American Revolutionary war give the lichen its common name of the the "Bristish Soldier Lichen." In reality, the red hats are actually the sexual fruiting structure of the lichen, the apothecia..


See the last photo for size comparison with my index finger & photo 3 with a nail head.

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KarenL 7 years ago

I'm pleased to join your mission Chester!

chesterbperry 7 years ago

Lovely sighting Karen, I invite you to join my mission, , and add this and any other lichens you may come across.

KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks Sachin & Leuba!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

very interesting and quite lovely ! Thanks Karen

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Very nicely captured KarenL,,

KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks Ashish! I've actually changed the photos round now so the one with the nail head is the main image because this one does show just how tiny this is!
Soul searching wind, I hope you are going to post some photos too!

soul soaring wind
soul soaring wind 9 years ago

So glad you put this is up, now I know he type that has been growing on the fence. Great photos.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Love your presentation... Here we learn what can be very small Lichen look like...!!

KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks Melissa!

MelissaFerguson 9 years ago

I have never seen anything like it-really beautiful!

KarenL 9 years ago

Thank you Alice! I'm loving this whole new world that macro is opening up to me!

alicelongmartin 9 years ago


KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks Argybee! Apparently it is quite common but this is the first time I've seen it.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

That's excellent KarenL.
I've never seen anything like it.
Very good set.

KarenL 9 years ago

Thank you Achmmad!

achmmad 9 years ago

First pics show something like Lantana flower. Great spotting!

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Fairview, Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Mar 8, 2012
Submitted on Mar 8, 2012

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