Irish lichens

Cladonia furcata
Order: Lecanorales       Family: Cladoniaceae

Species: Cladonia furcata

Primary thallus foliose, secondary thallus fruticose.
Photos: On moss on upland rock. Co. Cork, SW Ireland.
Identified by John Douglass

Basal squamules usually not persisting. Very variable. Loose mat of olive-green to brownish-grey smooth podetia with pale reticulation. Podetia sometimes tinged purplish. Dichotomously branched with compact tips. Cups are absent, brown apothecia are rare.

Found on acid heathlands, rocky outcrops and on woodland soil. Chemistry variable, K- or K+ yellow, P+ rust red

Cladonia furcata

Cladonia furcata

Cladonia furcata
Cladonia furcata November 2009

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