Cladonia parasitica

Cladonia parasitica. This is another New Index of Ecological Continuity species. The podetia are squamule covered with many uniform sized squamules. Though it cannot be seen in this photograph, a diagnostic feature is the non corticate surface of the podetia between the squamules which can usually be seen with a handlens, and as in Cladonia caespiticia can look translucent. It occurs on dead wood, and often quite large rotting logs. It is a fairly frequent species in ancient woodland. This photograph was taken in Nottingham Forest.

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