Observation 84858: Cladonia squamosa (Scop.) Hoffm.

When: 2011-12-17

Collection location: Hawn State Park, Missouri, USA [Click for map]

Who: Patrick Harvey (pg_harvey)

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Confusing mixture
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2011-12-18 11:21:08 MST (-0700)

First, image 84858 definitely does not belong with the others. Can’t be sure, of course, but it looks like C. sobolescens, but I’d need chemistry to distinguish it from the other apodetiate species in that area (C. polycarpoides, C. apodocarpa, C. strepsilis, etc.)

The other photos all seem to at least have C. squamosa, a tall pale partly-decorticate squamulose species with few to many branches. It can definitely form cups in some forms, but I wonder if C. chlorophaea (or close chemically-defined cousin) isn’t also growing mixed in. Maybe the best way to verify would be to check if some or all of this material is UV+ blue/white at 350 nm – C. squamosa but not C. chlorophaea… but maybe C. cryptochlorophaea?, I forget.

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