Irish lichens

Cladonia ciliata var ciliata

Order: Lecanorales       Family: Cladoniaceae

Species: Cladonia ciliata var. ciliata
Reindeer lichen

Growth type fruticose.
Photos: On upland rock. Ballingeary area, Cork, Ireland.
Specimen confirmed by John Douglass

Podetia smooth, greyish-white, green colouring absent. Richly branched with shorter lateral branches that are purplish-brown towards the tips. Branch tips are down-turned, distinctly orientated in one direction, axils rarely perforated. Brown apothecia are rare and inconspicuous. Pycnidial jelly red.

Found on moors, heaths, acidic dunes. K-, C-, KC-, P+ red, UV-
Very similar to Cladonia ciliata var. tenuis but less frequent.

Similar: Cladonia portentosa


Cladonia ciliata var ciliata


Cladonia ciliata var ciliata


Cladonia ciliata var ciliata


Cladonia ciliata var ciliata
Cladonia ciliata var. ciliata August 2009

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