Irish lichens

Cladonia squamosa
Order: Lecanorales       Family: Cladoniaceae

Species: Cladonia squamosa

Primary thallus squamulose, secondary thallus fruticose.
Photos: On mossy rock, upland field. Ballingeary, Cork, SW Ireland.

Incised basal squamules not persisting. Erect podetia with peeling squamules and bare, decorticate areas, brown apothecia. Podetia ending in pointed tips or narrow cups with digitate projections on margins. Apices open. Soredia absent. Very variable.

Common throughout Ireland on rotting wood and acidic peaty soils. Chemical reactions negative, UV+ white
C. squamosa ssp. subsquamosa, K+ yellow-orange, P+ orange

Similar: Cladonia bellidiflora, red apothecia, KC+ yellow


Cladonia squamosa


Cladonia squamosa
Cladonia squamosa

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