Order: Lecanorales Family: Cladoniaceae
Species: Cladonia cervicornis ssp. cervicornis
Photos: Among moss and peat on rock. Ballingeary, Co. Cork, SW Ireland. Identification needs confirming
Thallus forms cushions of grey-green, upright basal squamules with +/- rounded, indented tips. White lower surface, often grey tinged but squamules not blackened at base. Short-stalked podetia, not forming 2-5 tiers as in C. cervicornis ssp. verticillata.
Found on acidic soils on sandy heaths and dunes and in drier areas of peat moors. Thallus K-, C-, KC-, P+ red, UV-
Similar: Cladonia subcervicornis. Squamules blackened at base, K+ yellow, P+ red.
Cladonia cervicornis ssp. cervicornis October 2009