When: 2015-03-18

Collection location: Alafia River State Park, Florida, USA [Click for map]

Who: weed lady (Sylvia )

No specimen available

A shot in the dark on this one. Think I can see one of the holes that should be present. ????


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By: weed lady (Sylvia )
2015-03-19 03:13:58 PDT (-0700)

With all the information you have given me you are an “expert” compared to most. This specimen was NOT shiny that’s for sure. More dull and soft looking. But interesting growing right on sandy soil. Will keep my eyes open for C. perforata. No fungi here right now, but of course lichen are everywhere.

That would be an exciting find indeed!
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2015-03-18 19:16:35 PDT (-0700)

But I think a safer guess in this case is Cladonia pachycladodes. I’m not, of course, an expert on these two species, having only seen one of them once(!), but I think the key in this case is the texture of the surface. C. perforata is described as being shiny or varnished, while C. pachycladodes is dull and soft and bumpy. Note that C. pachycladodes can also have perforated axils, so maybe tbat’s what we’re seeing. It is definitely the most commonly collected of this group of coarse, branched, terricolous Cladonia in Florida. (C. caroliniana and C. dimorphoclada are more common northward, C. leporina should have red tips at least if not actual red apothecia.)