Cladonia cristatella

English name(s):
British soldier lichen,
scarlett-crested cladonia
Family:  Cladoniaceae
Description:
A lichen is a composite organism. As all lichens, this brightly colored fruticose lichen bears the name of the fungus, Cladonia cristatella. The alga is Trebouxia erici.
Habitat:
decaying wood, soil, mossy logs, and tree stumps
Notes:
cladonia = branch (describes characteristic habit of growth) + crista = crest
Additional notes:
Lichens are Fungi!


photograph courtesy of Lisa K. SchlaG

continental:  distribution map

 

Historical description:  Periods of lichen classification, General Lichenology, Albert Schneider, M.S., M.D. 1897, pp. 24-30. 

 Sectional view of thallus, the body of the lichen.   http://www.earthlife.net/lichens/lichen.html

Sectional view of thallus, the body of the lichen.  http://www.earthlife.net/lichens/lichen.html


What do the following have in common?

children's books;
lichens;
botany; and
a vegetable garden

the answer

Proceedings of the Linnean Society
1 April 1897, bottom p. 11.

virtual herbarium sheet 000007
 created by Lisa K. SchlaG, 29.iii.2014