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Fairy cups

Observed: 14th October 2012 By: ThistleThistle’s reputation in Fungi and LichensThistle’s reputation in Fungi and LichensThistle’s reputation in Fungi and LichensThistle’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Fairy cups
Fairy cups
Fairy cups
Fairy cups (Cladonia pyxidata)
Fairy cups (Cladonia pyxidata)
Description:

Edit: 2 further photos added. Edit 2: photos rotated

Identifications

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Species interactions

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Comments

synan's picture

Never easy...

but these podetia are esorediate (lacking powdery or granular propagules), clothed in squamules, and seemingly with corticate granules within the cups, whereas C. fimbriata has a fine dusting of soredia and no podetial squamules or granules.

I'm stuck for suggestions. C. pyxidata? One for Cladonia King AlanS methinks.

Nigel

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Again, many thanks

Looking at the full-size image I can see traces of scarlet on the edges of some of the cups.

AlanS's picture

but is it scarlet?

Yes, I looked at the photographs at maximum resolution, but I think the pycnidia are red-brown, not scarlet.

In any case, the colour of the podetia does not match C. diversa, but is right for the C. pyxidata group.

Alan

btw, I completely missed Nigel's comment when I posted my ID, although the date indicates he made it first. We evidently followed the same thought processes and I would have credited him.

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Edits

Thistle: just a word of appreciation that, having added to/edited your original photographs, you have said so. Thanks!

Too many people don't, which sometimes makes a nonsense of posted IDs (Which CANNOT be edited in response, only added to.)

Alan