Observation 87221: Cladonia didyma (Fée) Vainio

Growing on the base of a small Ohia tree.

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Used references: Mushrooms of Hawai’i – Hemmes & Desjardin
73% (2)
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Recognized by sight: red apothecia, decorticate podetia with scattered microsquamules

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Checked the 1944 Hawaiian Flora
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2012-01-31 01:35:36 CST (-0600)

Admittedly somewhat out of date, but in volume II page 22 you can easily verify that only a few species match with red podetia, no cups (“non scyphiferous” – I had to look it up!) and decorticate podetia:

C. didyma var. vulcanica
C. didyma var. didyma
C. oceanica

I don’t know oceanica, but it describes it as “straw-colored”, not translucent, with verrucae. I see microsquamules, not just verrucae.

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