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Culbin Forest Lichen 2

Observed: 11th October 2012 By: Ginny B
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Cladonia two
P1040173_two Cladonias

This is the second lichen in this patch, growing on sandy substrate in a pine forest. It was much whiter than the other, almost silvery. Again my apologies for not taking much closer up photos to aid identification, but just perhaps there is enough detail to tell which one it is.


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Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Goodness, that was quick!

Goodness, that was quick!
Thank you for the ID. I hope to return to Culbin Forest a bit more prepared next time and to take some rather better photos.


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Pure chance

Pure chance I had a good enough internet connection! You really need AlanS for Cladonia's - have a look at his website for photos and descriptions:

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I've already looked there

I've already looked there and decided I didn't have enough detail for me to decide on which it might be.

I think I need a list of what lichens I might discover in Culbin Forest before I return there! It was a spur of the moment decision to go after meeting my son at Inverness airport. He is becoming interested in lichens too!


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Yes, ...

I have more photographs of this group, including more from Culbin to add sometime.

Fact is, this group are very complex at Culbin, with C. arbuscula (probably two subspecies), C. mitis, and an upright, white variant of C. rangiferina all looking very similar. I have added agreement to C. arbuscula as I think this is most likely, but difficult to be sure.

You also have Cladonia ciliata in shot.


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Before my next trip

Before my next trip over that way I think I had better study the differences between these particular lichens so that I look for the right things. Sadly it is too far from my home for a quick dash back to catch what I have missed and I'm bad at noting the relevant bits.

Thanks for pointing out the C. ciliata too, which I see you have confirmed in my other post as C ciliata var ciliata. I sometimes wonder if I will ever get to recognise all the differences!