Thursday, May 11, 2017

Devil's matchstick

Beside the Upper Campbell Lake, the highway runs along the bottom of rocky cliffs, dotted with lichens and mosses. There, I discovered this tiny patch of black-topped matchsticks.

Devil's matchstick, Pilophorus acicularis, surrounded by crustose lichens.

A closer look.

I examined a good length of rock face, and found only this one, tiny patch.

The surrounding lichens, Placopsis gelida, Common bullseye, I think.

With my fingertips to show the size.

The middle red arrow points to the licheny cliffs.


  1. I've never seen anything like this.It's very striking. OK-just looked it up and it seems not to grow in any places I've been!

  2. I have matchstick fungus on the cabin float logs, but the colours are tan with bright yellow-orange tops. - Margy


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