Cladonia rangiformis

Description

Podetia are greyish, richly branched, commonly terminating in spiky tufts with pointed, dark ends. The surface of the podetia appearing speckled, with groups of green algal cells on a paler background, looking like the pattern on a giraffe's neck.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Often found on dunes or in rather dry, neutral to basic grassland.

When to see it

All year round

UK Status

Widespread and locally common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Local in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map