Cladonia pocillum

This is one of several species of ‘pixie-cup’ lichen. The podetia (cups) have a tendency to take on a brownish colour. The basal squamules (leaf-like structures) can be large, especially in older specimens, which may form a carpet of rosettes commonly tinged with pink. It can grow up to 1.5cm tall, and the cups 1cm in diameter.

Found on soil, rocks and mortar, on base-rich substrates. Locally common and widespread throughout Britain.

Photographs taken February 2014, nature reserve, Staffordshire.

5 thoughts on “Cladonia pocillum

  1. wow, Beautiful shots! I know this lichen…and I really struggled to take nice and clear pictures because they are such a tiny subjects. Really well done! 🙂

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    1. Thank you Alexa 🙂 Yes, they are small, but when in close it is like another world entirely, which always has fascinated me, because it is something we can pass by everyday, but never really see it.


      1. 🙂 I can’t agree more! And macro lens helps a lot to discover this tiny world! 🙂

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