Lichen: Cladonia fimbriata | Nature Notes from Dorset

These golf tee shaped fruiting bodies are indicative of the Cladonia family of lichens; they are collectively included in the fruiticose forms of lichen and Cladonia is derived from the Greek for a 'twig'. Various species can be found on Dorset heathland and in woodland. Cladonia fimbriata favours rotting tree stumps and bare earth where the crusty foundation of the lichen covers the surface and the 'pegs' shoot up from that.



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