lichen-Cladonia caespiticia

Cladonia caespiticia

cladonia caespiticia substrate

Cladonia caespiticia substrate photo by Bob Klips

Cladonia caespiticia

Cladonia caespiticia photo by Bob Klips

DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: Very short, very narrow squamules; appearing to be without apothecia (a handlens is needed to be sure); apothecia brown, commonly sessile; P+ red; compare with C. apodocarpa with blue-gray squamules, strap-shaped, K+ yellow. When sterile, the very small massed squamules in the form of a mound, and P+ red, are a good indication of C. caespiticia.

ECOLOGY: An eastern US spcies; widespread in Ohio, showing an eastern and southern Appalachian distribution; common on bark, rotting logs, soil and moss.

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