NS4280 : A lichen (Cladonia species)

taken 10 years ago, near to Auchencarroch, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

A lichen (Cladonia species)
A lichen (Cladonia species)
This is one of the red-fruited Cladonia species (see NS3678 : A lichen - Cladonia diversa); some fruits were present, both here and nearby, but they were rather small and inconspicuous.

The stalks (podetia) seen here were 4 or 5 cm high, and some were deformed and longitudinally fissured. The smaller leafy structures at their base (the basal squamules) were large (up to 1 cm across), and were orange-brown in places.

The group shown here was growing on the ground, but other examples of the same species were growing on top of an old dry-stone wall a few metres away. They are located beside a path through Nobleston Woods, in a damp spot that is, compared to the open moor nearby, relatively shaded and sheltered.

[I originally suggested that these were Cladonia sulphurina. I later made a re-examination of fresh material, including examination in UV light and some simple chemical tests, but the results were inconclusive; the species was therefore not positively identified.]
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Date Taken
Friday, 13 March, 2009   (more nearby)
Saturday, 14 March, 2009
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Woodland, Forest 
Place (from Tags)
Pappert Hill 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4266 8026 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:59.3656N 4:31.4337W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4266 8026
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