Irish lichens

Cladonia gracilis
Order: Lecanorales       Family: Cladoniaceae

Species: Cladonia gracilis

Growth type fruticose.
Photos: In acid soil below gorse. Ballingeary, Cork, SW Ireland.
Identification confirmed by A Silverside (photographs)

Non-persistent basal squamules. Smooth slender brown or greenish-brown podetia, finely pointed or ending in narrow cups with brown pycnidia or small digitate projections on rim. Axils closed.

Occurs on thin shaded acidic soils, woods, uplands, edges of bogs.
K-, P+ rust-red


Cladonia gracilis


Cladonia gracilis


Cladonia gracilis
Cladonia gracilis March 2009

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