Species: Sphaerophorus fragilis
Photos: On acidic upland rock. Ballingeary, Cork, SW Ireland.
Identification confirmed by Mike Simms (photos)
Bushy greenish-grey thallus to 4cm high, branches sometimes tinged pinkish-red. Forms even, compact cushions with +/- rounded branches all approximately the same height. Rarely fertile.
Occurs on upland rocks and scree, often found at higher altitudes than S. globosus. Medulla: K-, P-, I-
Similar: Bunodophoron melanocarpum. Flattened branchelets.
Sphaerophorus fragilis on rock. Ballingeary area, County Cork. February 2009