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Cladonia crispata var. cetrariiformis

Observed: 5th January 2013 By: synansynan is knowledgeable about Fungi and Lichenssynan’s earned reputation in Fungi and Lichenssynan’s earned reputation in Fungi and Lichenssynan’s earned reputation in Fungi and Lichenssynan’s earned reputation in Fungi and Lichenssynan’s earned reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Cladonia crispata var. cetrariiformis (6)
Cladonia crispata var. cetrariiformis (2)
Cladonia crispata var. cetrariiformis (5)
Cladonia crispata var. cetrariiformis (8)
Description:

On heather moorland.
A bit odd for C. rangiformis? Rather than hollow branches that terminate in points, most podetia here flare open to assume an almost foliose structure.

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Comments

Brian Cambridgeshire's picture

Strange growth form; and maybe crispata?

Very interesting, and a good set of images.

I've seen similar flattening in C. uncialis, C. portentosa and C. crispata, assuming my IDs were correct.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cladoniophile/6904483254/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cladoniophile/5429412296/

Yours appears to have perforations or lacerations at the tips of manyof the 'branches', which I think would make it crispata rather than rangiformis. I'd have thought that was more likely on acid heather moorland too. One part has abundant smal brown apothecia, which I also see commonly in crispata.

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Many thanks Brian

I knew the acidic habitat shouldn't be right for C. rangiformis, but half wonderred if that was the stressor causing the deformity. I haven't encountered C. crispata before and wasn't quite expecting it to look like this, but I see that it suits the habitat well and is in some ways comparable to the following image from Oslo's National History Museum:

http://goo.gl/GNjZJ

Thanks again,

Nigel

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More thanks...

this time to Alan for confirming Brian's suggestion. There don't appear to be any modern records in VC59 so I'll be sure to submit it.

Nigel