Cladonia maxima

Cladonia maxima. A somewhat variable, but large species as its name suggests, which in Britain is more frequently upright, and browner in colour. However, it may lay on its side as in this photograph taken in a fir forest at Bury Hills in Newfoundland. The cups are usually narrower and less star shaped than in C. gracilis. I have also seen it close to the top of the Caerngorm in Scotland where it was upright, rather fat and brownish. In the UK, it is rare and confined to mountains usually associated with the edge of late snow patches where it grows in boggy vegetation..

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