Lichen: Cladonia flowrkeana - Devils matchsticks | Nature Notes from Dorset

Despite being sensitive to air polution lichens are one of our most diverse and widespread life forms and whilst declining in eastern areas they still thrive in the west and here in Dorset there are many of them.
Lichens are specialists. Some species use rocks, walls, roof tiles and gravestones as their substrate, others prefer wood and colonise tree trunks and branches, fence posts and wooden buildings. There is also a family of lichen, the Cladonia species where some members colonise bare ground and this one, Cladonia floerkeana, is one of those.





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