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Cladonia fimbriata

Observed: 5th January 2013 By: Urban NatureUrban Nature’s reputation in Fungi and LichensUrban Nature’s reputation in Fungi and LichensUrban Nature’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

For some reason, there is doubt with my suggestion as it just doesn't appear like the usual C.fimbriata I come across so any comments will be great, thanks.


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Brian Cambridgeshire's picture

Is that a fruit?

If the brown blob in pics 1 and 2 is a fruit, then they may well be fimbriata, or perhaps more likely, chlorophaea (more coarse granular surface, more gradually tapered into stalk). But 1, 2 and 5 actually look more like Cladonia polydactyla, a red-fruited species which is often blue-greyish, and usually develops branches from around the edges of the cups.

Not sure what's damaging the specimens in pics 3 and 4 - Cladonia are not often attacked my molluscs.

Urban Nature's picture

Yes, there was a few

Yes, there was a few specimens with apothecia present.

synan's picture

I agree that...

nothing here looks like C. fimbriata as I understand it. A tricky one!


AlanS's picture

Bed time

Interesting ...

My brain is playing around with intriguing possibilities, which basically indicates that it is well past bed-time.

I think I'll go with the common sense approach and agree with Brian.


AlanS's picture

More awake now

In agreeing with Brian, I didn't take in his numbering. That is definitely a brown apothecium in photo 1 and so not C. polydactyla.
It was photos 3-5 that I was thinking were plausibly C. polydactyla, but it is sometimes too tempting to label every odd Cladonia as polydactyla.

Still thinking.


AlanS's picture

If all photos are the same thing ...

which I now think they are, then I have added an ID above, for C. ramulosa. It is very variable, rather like a brown-fruited counterpart of C. polydactyla, but lacking powdery soredia.

For the record, I have considered and rejected other brown-fruited species such as C. fimbriata, the C. chlorophaea group, C. squamosa, C. ochrochlora, C. pyxidata, and that doesn't leave much among the cup-forming species.


Urban Nature's picture

Many thanks Alan for your

Many thanks Alan for your time in looking at this, it is much appreciated.

AlanS's picture

But ...

coming to this again, I think I rejected C. chlorophaea group too quickly. Revised ID above. Apologies.