Irish lichens

Cladonia portentosa
Order: Lecanorales       Family: Cladoniaceae

Species: Cladonia portentosa
Reindeer lichen

Growth type fruticose.
Photos: On wet heath near bog. Ballingeary, Cork, SW Ireland.
Confirmed by John Douglass

Variable. Primary squamules absent. Very branched, whitish to green-grey and forming loose compact tufts. Axils often perforate. Branching mainly trichotomous, can be dichotomous at ends. Branchlet tips spreading in all directions.

Heaths, peaty moorland, dunes. K-, KC+ yellow, P-

Similar: Cladonia ciliata and Cladonia arbuscula

Cladonia portentosa      

Cladonia portentosa. Ballingeary area, Co.Cork. December 2008 and November 2009

Please Contact me if you find errors. All images used are copyright.