Manormaid's picture

Tree Root lichen

Observed: 17th July 2012 By: Manormaid

Covering the entire cut surface of a felled tree.


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Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

  • Cladonia coccifera agg.
    Confidence: It might be this.
  • Cladonia polydactyla
    Confidence: It might be this.
    Likely ID
    Cladonia floerkeana + digitata
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


anonymous spotter's picture


This is a Lichen rather than a fungi, but I'm afraid I can't help any more than that.

AlanS's picture

Lichens are fungi

They are specialised fungi that contain symbiotic algae in a stabilised relationship.


Manormaid's picture


Thank you. It has also been suggested as Cladonia cristatella [cluh-DOHN-ee-uh cris-ta-TELL-uh]. There are look-alike species throughout most of the world as well. The little red "caps" that resemble the red hats worn by invading British troops during the American Revolutionary war give the lichen its common name of the the "Bristish Soldier Lichen." In reality, the red hats are actually the sexual fruiting structure of the lichen, the apothecia.

AlanS's picture


cluh-DOHN-ee-uh ???

Well I imagine John Wayne might have pronounced it that way, and while C. cristatella apparently doesn't extend to Texas, it reaches the south-eastern states of the USA (Mississippi, Alabama, Tenessee, etc.)

Here in the UK, the initial 'a', in 'Cla', is pronounced as in 'pat'. The terminal 'a' is as in normal British pronunciation of the indefinite article.

Alan being picky

(Posted 18 July, typographical correction 23 July)

Manormaid's picture



It was a USA website so apologies for any misleading information. Made me smile though. Thank you!