Code: Bot_1120/2018_DSC1826

Habitat: larger calcareous boulder covered by mosses; former, now overgrowing, pasture; calcareous, skeletal, colluvial ground; dry and relatively warm place, in half shade; under a canopy of Tilia platyphyllos, partly protected from direct rain by tree canopy; average precipitations ~ 3.000 mm/year, average temperature 7-9 deg C, elevations 600 m (1.970 feet), alpine phytogeographical region.

Substratum: mosses on calcareous boulder.

Place: Lower Trenta valley, right bank of river Soča; between villages Soča and Trenta; near Trenta 2b cottage, East Julian Alps, Posočje, Slovenia EC.

Comment: Cladonia pyxidata is among the most common lichens in our region. The species is quite variable and its cups’ shape, podetia surface, as well as color may vary considerably depending on habitat. Particularly the differences between full sun and shady places are significant. It is not always easy to distinguish it from other similar species for me, most notably from Cladonia fimbriata and Cladonia chlorophaea. However, distinct corticate granules within the cusps (see picture 15b and Ref.4; also note English common name) makes me believe the determination of this find is quite reliable.

Nikon D700 / Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8


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Used references: (1) V. Wirth, Die Flechten Baden-Württembergs, Teil. 2., Ulmer (1995), p 306.
(2) C.W. Smith, et all, The lichens of Great Britain and Ireland, The British Lichen Society (2009), p 334.
(3) F.S. Dobson, Lichens, The Richmonds Publishing Ca. LTD (2005), p 142.
(4) (accessed April 12. 2018)
(5) (accessed April 12. 2018)
(6) V. Wirth, R. Düll, Farbatlas Flechten und Moose, Ulmer, (2000), p 58.
(7) I.M. Brodo, S.D. Sharnoff, S.Sharnoff, Lichens of North America, Yale Uni. Press (2001), p 267.

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