Thursday, February 16, 2012

Another lichen

Lipstick cladonia grows on an old fence in Beach Grove, pretending to be several different lichens.

The "lipstick". Clubs (podetia) tipped with bright red fruiting bodies (apothecia).

It starts out as tiny leaf-like scales.

Then bursts out in fantastic shapes covered with powdery soredia, which  may serve as "seed" to start new lichens.


  1. I like just saying "lipstick cladonia." Makes my ears happy.


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