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Cannock Chase Lichen Hunt

Observed: 12th November 2011 By: synansynan is knowledgeable about Fungi and Lichenssynan’s earned reputation in Fungi and Lichenssynan’s earned reputation in Fungi and Lichenssynan’s earned reputation in Fungi and Lichenssynan’s earned reputation in Fungi and Lichenssynan’s earned reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Cannock Chase 042
Cannock Chase 043
Description:

Substrate: rotting stump.

Identifications

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Species interactions

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Comments

synan's picture

Stumped

Cladonia polydactyla was my initial assumption, but I'm doubtful now.

Nigel

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Thanks

Many thanks Alan. I remember considering C. macilenta at one point, but I think the branched and twisted podetia put me off.

Nigel

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Fernhunter's picture

foreground bottom of picture

Could this be Cladonia pyxidata?

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I don't think so

C. pyxidata has larger, corticate granules in the cups, although I haven't yet seen it. I think the granular soredia, gradual tapering of the cup and brown pycnidia on the margins make C. chlorophaea a strong possibility.

Nigel

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Cladonia chlorophaea?

I'd agree with C. chlorophaea as the best bet for the cups, though from this angle I'm not sure if the cups contract rapidly enough to be C. fimbriata (the granules do look a bit coarse for fimbriata).

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Foreground

I deliberately refrained from putting an ID to the cups in the foreground as in my view not enough is visible and speculation is probably unwise.

However, what we can see suggests C. grayi - but best not identified from a photograph. Distinctive under UV (medulla brilliant blue-white).

Alan