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.