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Cladonia cristatella

Common Name: British Soldiers
Cladonia cristatella
Cladonia cristatella

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Ascomycota
Class: Lecanoromycetes
Order: Lecanorales
Family: Cladoniaceae
Genus: Cladonia
Species: Cladonia cristatella

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

British soldiers lichen is a gray-green with red tops. It is 3/4" tall and has scaly talks. It is often found in groups, each with a red, round fruiting body on top.

Habitat & Range

Found throughout Eastern North America and on the Northwestern coast of the US and Canada.

Life Cycle

British soldier lichen can be found year round on wood or soil. It is photosynthetic.

Featured image by James Dake


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