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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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24 January, 2012

Lichen (Cladonia coniocraea)

Whilst many Cladonia species of lichen produce cups this one, Cladonia coniocraea produces simple tube-like structure from which to release its spores. These tubes often bend over at the tops.
The lichen itself is a similar grey/green scaly fomation like its close cousins fimbriata and pyxidata but this one had a particular preference for rotting wood and is not usually found on soil or amongst moss, other than moss growing on rotting timbers of course!
This is one of the few Cladonia species that is resistant to pollution and often it is the only Cladonia to be found in wooded areas in towns and cities. It is very commo everywhere but easily overlooked.