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Cladonia cervicornis subsp. verticillata

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 11 April 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Cladonia cervicornis subsp. verticillata (NL: Stuifzandstapelbekertje / EN: 'Ladder Lichen' / DE: Etagen-Becherflechte) is a lichen in the family Cladoniaceae. Podetia are cup-like, the cups proliferating from the centre to form tiers, i.e. one cup inside another. Soredia are absent, basal squamules entire or shallowly lobed, lobes rounded, bluish green when fresh, white beneath, not curled upwards when dry. Small brown apothecia on the margins of the cups. The species is mainly found in heathland, in rock crevices and on drystone walls. In Belgium it is a rare species due to loss of suitable habitat.

Image: Kessel (BE) - 28/01/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Marilla from Turku, Finland

A tower of cheerleaders came to my mind when I saw this. Great details!

11 Apr 2011 5:19pm

Mary from PA, United States

Stunning capture Johan!!

12 Apr 2011 2:42am

Canon EOS 400D
1/250 second
ISO 200
150 mm