When: 2008-12-12

Collection location: Sewanee, Franklin Co., Tennessee, USA [Click for map]

Who: Chris Parrish (kitparrish)

Specimen available

Beckwith’s Point Trail, 35°12’38.36"N 85°54’0.40"W, el. 587 m.
Dotson Point Trail, 35°13’49.26"N , 85°57’47.14"W, el. 575 m

Habitat: Oak-hickory woodland on sandstone at the rim of the western escarpment of the Cumberland Plateau.

Beckwith’s Point Trail, 2008-12-12: 32076
Dotson Point Trail, 2009-02-08: 35956-35969

Voucher specimen: Tennessee, Franklin County, Sewanee, Beckwith’s Point Trail, 21 Mar 2009, Chris Parrish 0025, det. Gary Perlmutter (NCU)

Common name: powderhorn cladonia

Note added 28 Apr 2009:

Identification: Powderhorn cladonias collected on Beckwith’s Point Trail (near the site of photo 32076, but not the same material seen in that photo) were determined by Gary Perlmutter at the UNC Herbarium to represent Cladonia ochrochlora, rather than Cladonia coniocrea. In the Ozarks, C. ochrochlora is the more common species (Harris and Ladd, 2005, p.101). Casual observations here at Sewanee suggest a range of variation in the local powderhorns. There may be more than one taxon involved.

Species Lists


Beckwith’s Point Trail, 2008-12-12
podetium, 7.1x
podetium, 25x
podetium, 25x
bases of podetia, 16x
base of podetium, 25x
base of podetium, 25x
base of podetium, 25x
squamules, 16x
squamules, 25x
squamules, 40x
tip of podetium, 32x
tip of podetium, 115x
x-section of podetium, 50x
x-section of podetium, 80x

Proposed Names

28% (1)
Used references: Brodo-Sharnoff-Sharnoff, p.247
57% (1)
Used references: Brodo, Sharnoff, and Sharnoff, p.247.
85% (1)
Recognized by sight: Specimens collected nearby, but not the ones shown in these photos, were determined by Gary Perlmutter at the UNC Herbarium to represent Cladonia ochrochlora (larger squamules and coarser soredia).

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Add Comment
C. coniocraea possible
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2008-12-15 02:06:52 CST (+0800)

But still need closer photo for positive ID.