Identification: Is this a lichen, or other?

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by M. D. Vaden, Dec 27, 2006.

  1. M. D. Vaden

    M. D. Vaden Active Member 10 Years

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    While hiking at Cook and Green trail in Rogue River National Forest today, I found this growing on an old decomposed stump.

    I have no idea if this is a plant or lichen or other. Although it's tiny, it was noticeable because of the red color.

    Photo taken today.

    The pine needles at left will show the size.
     

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    pierrot Active Member 10 Years

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    M. D. Vaden Active Member 10 Years

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    Thanks.

    Now I can caption the photo I'm going to put on the hiking page that I'm making this afternoon.

    The range for British Soldiers seems to be to the east, but the genus is certainly the same. And I'd imagine that the common name may flow-over into other species, like one called 'Pixie Cup' - also a Cladonia.

    As small as they are, it's a nice find while hiking.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    A species of Cladonia (a lichen)
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Now that you've noticed them once, I suspect you'll start seeing them in many places.
     

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