Observation 12163: Cladina rangiferina (L.) Nyl.
When: 2008-10-04
No herbarium specimen

Notes: In one photo, this lichen can be seen with Cladonia cristatella and a mushroom that may be Rickenella fibula.

In open meadow near mixed woods.

In the photo of the big clump, the branches are pale greenish but the branch tips seem tinged with pink. Fascinating.

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Eye3
Recognized by sight
-28% (1)
Used references: Brodo’s L. of N.A.: Branching in 4’s with perforated axils. If it were more compact it might be C. stellaris; if the tips were “droopy” (and branched more in 2’s than in 4’s) it might be C. rangiferina. (Excellent photo!)
56% (1)
Eyes3
Recognized by sight: Looks to white to be C. arbuscula or C. mitis, like I thought it was.

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By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2008-10-10 12:08:16 PDT (-0700)

That’d be the Cladonia cristatella that’s ubiquitous in the same area. The second photo shows this species’ presence more clearly with a lot of the characteristic red-tipped structures.

Other fruiting lichen lower left
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2008-10-10 00:21:59 PDT (-0700)

Did you notice? Arising from the moss is a spore-producing structure, looks light green in this photo, like a post-horn on end.

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