“Mealy Pixie-cup Lichen”: {C. Chlorophae}; Powdery, cup-shaped podetia growing from a scaly thallus

Photo by Distance Everheart.
Photo by Distance Everheart.

Description: A greenish member of the genus Cladonia. Podetia are powdery, have well-formed cups and grow between 10-45 mm tall.

Habitat: Native and wide-spread throughout North America, especially the eastern portions of the United States and Canada. Frequently found growing on rotten wood, tree trunks, mineral soil or humus.

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Bibliography: C. chlorophae entry@ Encyclopedia of Life; C. chlorophaea entry @ Consortium of North America Lichen Herbaria; Cladonia (Wikipedia)