They are tiny but very interesting and pretty in their own way. Thanks for the wonderful close-up! I’m very fond of lichens. I haven’t seen colourful fruiting bodies like that on any of my wanders here.
Thanks. Actually I’m experimenting with close ups with a different camera set up (and trying to remember what I’ve forgotten about close-up photography during the winter). These were taken with a 10 – 30mm lens and a 10mm extension tube. It will take awhile.
What a fascinating plant. In the first photo, are those more fruits forming along the edge of the cup? They must be rather unusual. I went looking for more information, and there isn’t much. When I searched for Cladonia pleurota on the USDA map, it was completely blank — as though these little beauties don’t live here. Well, we know better than that! (Of course, my search technique sometimes isn’t the best!)
They are indeed fascinating. This was the first time that I’ve noticed them fruiting, but the fruits are so small they are easy to miss. From what I could find out, the fruit will form all around the rims of the cup and I plan to return to that site in another week and see if more have developed. The ones with fruit were on the shady side of a sharp rocky ridge, not on the sunny side. I’ve had difficulty finding much information on specific lichens too. there is a small section in my favorite wildflower book devoted to lichens of this region and it at least gives me clues.
They are interesting little things! Takes magnification to see much of them though. the photos could be better but I’m experimenting with a new camera and I can either figure it out or just use my old camera for close ups, whichever happens first.
Wonderful pictures. I’ve always wanted to see cup lichens for myself ever since I began seeing others posting about them. I haven’t figured out quite where to look though. Maybe I’m too impatient to find them.
It helps to keep your nose in the dirt Ratty: they are very small. I see them most often in steep, rocky areas on the shady side, usually in the company of tiny mosses. I hope you can find them: they are in beautiful settings and are very interesting. About 1/5th the size of a golf tee but every once in awhile one will stand up away from its colony and is easier to spot.