British Soldiers

(Cladonia cristatella)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

British Soldiers

NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Widespread and common

Season

 

Habitat/Hosts

Wet to dry. Decaying wood, leafy debris, soil, mossy logs, tree bases, and stumps. Low light to 90% ambient light. Pollution tolerant.

Growth Form

Fruticose

Photo by Crystal Boyd
 
Identification

 

 
Similar
Species

The large size, gray, branching stalks, and red caps make this possibly the most recognized species of lichen in North America.

 
Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 4, 7, 24, 29, 30, 77.

 
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Taxonomy

Division:

Ascomycota (sac fungi)

 

No Rank:

saccharomyceta

 

Subdivision:

Pezizomycotina

 

No Rank:

leotiomyceta

 

Class:

Lecanoromycetes

 

Subclass:

Lecanoromycetidae

 

Order:

Lecanorales

 

Suborder:

Lecanorineae

 

Family:

Cladoniaceae

 

Mycobiont:

Cladonia cristatella

 

Photobiont:

Trebouxia erici

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

British Soldier Lichen

British Soldiers

Scarlet-crested Cladonia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Cladonia cristatella

 
     
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Published on Sep 11, 2013

I saw these and thought they were so vivid and pretty. Sorry the video was shaky. It's the best I can do. I even used a mono-pod.

Cladonia cristatella, British soldier lichen, Red tipped Lichen, lichen, fruticose lichen,

   
       

 

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Dustin Hancock
10/12/2017

Location: Uncas Dunes SNA

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6/9/2013

Location: Uncas Dunes SNA

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8/1/2009

Location: Jack Pine forest - Lake County MN

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Created: 10/14/2017

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