Irish lichens

Cladonia floerkeana
Order: Lecanorales       Family: Cladoniaceae

Species: Cladonia floerkeana
Devil's Matchsticks

Primary thallus is squamulose, secondary thallus fruticose.
Photos: Among upland rocks. Ballingeary, Cork, SW Ireland.

Persistent small incised basal squamules. Small usually unbranched greyish podetia, squamulose below but becoming granular above. No cups, bright red apothecia often join forming rings. Very variable.

Peaty soil and mossy rocks on heathland, also on rotting logs.
Chemical reactions usually negative, but occasionally K+ yellow, CK+ yellow, P+ orange, UV+ blue


Cladonia floerkeana      



Cladonia floerkeana. Ballingeary area, County Cork. February 2009

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