Irish lichens

Cladonia subulata

Order: Lecanorales       Family: Cladoniaceae

Species: Cladonia subulata

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

Basal squamules absent or insignificant. Thin grey-green podetia with pointed tips, usually farinose-sorediate, sometimes corticate with small squamules towards the base. Antler-like proliferations arise from top of podetia. Brown apothecia are rare.

Found on well-drained sandy heathland and acid dunes, also on earth banks, wall tops, tree stumps. Often occurs among Calluna. Thallus K-, C-, KC-, P+ red, UV-

Similar: Cladonia glauca is P-, UV+ vivid white

Cladonia subulata

Cladonia subulata
Cladonia subulata. Ballingeary, Co. Cork. May 2009

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