Cladonia chlorophaea s.l.


There are similar species requiring expert attention to assess depth and granularity of the powder on the fruiting bodies, size and shape of the cups (which are highly variable), size and colour and crenulations of the squamules around the base (even more variable).

Cladonia chlorophaea is now considered to be part of an aggregate group so we have set up this page as sensu lato meaning that the records and images are part of this aggregate.

Identification difficulty

A soil lichen of shady mossy banks and road verges

When to see it

All year round

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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