Observation 47926: Cladonia squamosa (Scop.) Hoffm.
When: 2010-05-16
No herbarium specimen

Notes: This had Chris Parrish and I stumped in the field. I think it is C. caespiticia because of the tiny, completely decorticate podetia, and highly dissected squamules. It’s just weird to see it so three-dimensional, almost like it’s a weird C. squamosa. This was growing on several extremely rotten logs and stumps deep in the valley beside the Caldwell Fork. Normally I see C. caespiticia on exposed, sunny soil banks. I will collect a piece and send it to James Lendemer next time I’m in the area.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 01:59:00 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Caldwell Fork Trail, Cataloochee Cove, Waynesville, Haywood CO., North Carolina, USA’ to ‘Caldwell Fork Trail, Cataloochee Cove, Waynesville, North Carolina, USA

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Recognized by sight: In C. caespiticia, the squamules are never up the podetia like that, and the podetia are generally very short. The statement that it may be a weird C. squamosa seems to be correct. [Photo confirmed by James Lendemer.]
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you’re right, not caespiticia
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2010-07-28 10:34:24 PDT (-0700)

On fresh re-examination of my (blurry!) photos, I see a number of corticate podetia, so I’m forced to agree that it’s not Cladonia caespiticia. Still strikes me as very odd for C. squamosa. If this were the only population I saw, I’d leave it at that, but we found it with the same habit in quite a number of scattered locations. And we did see some “normal” squamosa… wait, no, we saw normal furcata, sorry. Ah, clearly need to go back. :) Thanks for catching this.

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