Southern Soldiers Lichen

Cladonia didyma

Cladonia didyma is a lichen belonging to Cladoniaceae family.
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).
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Appearance

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.
Cladonia didyma 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. Growing on moss in dense, moist mixed hardwood forest. Cladonia,Cladonia didyma,Cladoniaceae,Geotagged,Summer,United States,fungi,fungus,lichen,lichens,mushroom,mushrooms,southern soldiers,southern soldiers lichen

Status

According to NatureServe Explorer, Cladonia didyma's national status is N1 (critically imperiled).

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Taxonomy
KingdomFungi
DivisionAscomycota
ClassLecanoromycetes
OrderLecanorales
FamilyCladoniaceae
GenusCladonia
SpeciesCladonia didyma