Sunday, May 2, 2010

British Soldier Lichens

Cladonia cristatella gets its name, British Soldiers, from its resemblance to the red hats worn by English soldiers during the Revolutionary War. These red structures are actually the sexual fruiting structure of the lichen, the apothecia. Cristatella is from the greek diminutive of the Latin cristatus, meaning crested.These lichens are just 2cm (3/4 inch) tall. There are four species in this shot which would easily fit on 1/2 of a compact flash card.

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