Cladonia digitata

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Length .



Basal squamules large (to 1cm diam), spreading horizontally and often dominant. Yellowish green-grey above, densely white farinose-sorediate below and on upturned margins. Often orange-tinged near base. Podetia to 1cm tall, apothecia and pycnidia red. young pycnidia brown and at this stage set in the in-turned cup margins as iin the images below


On damp trunks and rotting wood, reportedly also on peat, recorded throughout Britain but not always a common species.

Similar: C. incrassata and C. parasitica have smaller, deeply incised squamules, coarsely granular-sorediate.


IMAGE (C) 2014 Colin Duke

IMAGE (C) 2014 Colin Duke