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Southern Soldiers Lichen (Cladonia didyma) Growing in moss on a hillside.<br />
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Red-tipped, minty green lichen with some darkening of the podetia. The podetia are 10-30mm long with red caps called apothecia--which are spore-bearing structures. The Cladonia genus is comprised of moss-like cup lichens. Lichens are composite organisms comprised of a fungus being inhabited by algae or cyanobacteria. According to NatureServe Explorer, Cladonia didyma&#039;s national status is N1 (critically imperiled).<br />
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Red-tipped, minty green lichen with some darkening of the podetia. The podetia are 10-30mm long with red caps called apothecia--which are spore-bearing structures. The Cladonia genus is comprised of moss-like cup lichens. Lichens are composite organisms comprised of a fungus being inhabited by algae or cyanobacteria. According to NatureServe Explorer, Cladonia didyma&#039;s national status is N1 (critically imperiled).<br />
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Southern Soldiers Lichen (Cladonia didyma)

Growing in moss on a hillside.

Red-tipped, minty green lichen with some darkening of the podetia. The podetia are 10-30mm long with red caps called apothecia--which are spore-bearing structures. The Cladonia genus is comprised of moss-like cup lichens. Lichens are composite organisms comprised of a fungus being inhabited by algae or cyanobacteria. According to NatureServe Explorer, Cladonia didyma's national status is N1 (critically imperiled).

Southern Soldiers Lichen (Cladonia didyma) Growing in moss on a hillside.<br />
<br />
Red-tipped, minty green lichen with some darkening of the podetia. The podetia are 10-30mm long with red caps called apothecia--which are spore-bearing structures. The Cladonia genus is comprised of moss-like cup lichens. Lichens are composite organisms comprised of a fungus being inhabited by algae or cyanobacteria. According to NatureServe Explorer, Cladonia didyma's national status is N1 (critically imperiled).<br />
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    comments (5)

  1. Wow, great find!! Posted one year ago
    1. One of my faves. It is super common in these parts, so it is always a treat! Posted one year ago
      1. Cool. The size is impressive! Posted one year ago
  2. Like a Xmas tree! Posted one year ago
    1. Haha! Yes, they are quite colorful! Posted one year ago

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Cladonia didyma is a lichen belonging to Cladoniaceae family.

Similar species: Lecanorales
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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By Lisa Kimmerling

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Uploaded Jan 31, 2019. Captured May 6, 2018 10:37 in 151 W Main St, Collinsville, AL 35961, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
  • f/2.8
  • 1/80s
  • ISO400
  • 60mm