When: 2009-01-31

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

Who: Chris Parrish (kitparrish)

Specimen available

Location: 35°13’49.26"N, 85°57’47.14"W, el. 575 m. Dotson Point Trail.

Substrate: Squamulose Cladonia growing in clumps on the loose, sandy dirt of a road bank bordering a dirt track.

Habitat: Oak-dominated deciduous woodland at the western escarpment of the Cumberland Plateau.


Dotson Point Trail, 2009-01-31: 35914, 35949
Dotson Point Trail, 2009-02-06: 35950-35953

Of the Cladonias discussed by Brodo, C. apodocarpa seems a good match, but there are several similar species (perhaps not in this area) which differ in chemistry and fine structure of their squamules. See the keys, photos, and maps in the recent study of North American apodetiate Cladonia by Lendemer and Hodkinson.

Reference: Lendemer, James C. and Hodkinson, Brendan, The Wisdom of Fools: new molecular and morphological insights into the North American apodetiate species of Cladonia. Opuscula Philolichenum 7: 79-100, 2009.

Voucher specimens:
Tennessee, Franklin County, Sewanee, Dotson Point Trail, 20 Mar 2009, Chris Parrish 0023, det. Gary Perlmutter (NCU)
Tennessee, Franklin County, Sewanee, Dotson Point Trail, 21 Feb 2010, Chris Parrish 0067, det. James C. Lendemer (NY).

Common name: stalkless cladonia

Species Lists


squamule, 12.5x
squamule, 12.5x
squamule, 63x
K+ yellow, about 80x

Proposed Names

80% (2)
Used references: Brodo, Sharnoff, and Sharnoff, pp237-238. Voucher specimens authoritatively identified.
Based on microscopic features: smooth squamules
Based on chemical features: K+ yellow

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