Devil's Matchstick

Observed by beachcombercoconut
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
on 4th May 2012
Devil's Matchstick 1
Devil's Matchstick 2

Lichen found on dead wood, about 2cm long with vibrant red caps.

Location: A86, Highld
Identifications

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Other observations of Cladonia polydactyla

Comments

C. polydactyla

I haven't seen C. polydactyla produce podetia like those in the first pic, but it just goes to show how wildly variable this species is.

They are comparable to these: http://goo.gl/QEizK

I hope I am right in saying that Cladonia squamosa is present at the left of the second photo.

Nigel

er ...

"I hope I am right in saying that Cladonia squamosa is present at the left of the second photo."

I think this might still be C. polydactyla.

Alan

Interesting

Thanks! I'm certainly not arguing, but it was the apparent lack of soredia and, just possibly, the out-of-focus brown tip of the prostrate, snaking podetium, that put the thought in my head.

Nigel

Maybe so

Yes, apparent lack of soredia is a point. I am not convinced, but it's possible.

Alan

Revision of Identification

Thanks for all the feedback, I have revised the identification as it sounds like you all know what you are talking about - far more than I do. I have to admit I have a lot more to learn different lichen parts!

Lucy

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