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Cladonia fimbriata (L.) Fr.

Trumpet lichen, cup lichen

KingdomFungiMushrooms, lichens, gel fungi, yeasts, and molds; also called eukaryotes
DivisionAscomycotaSac fungi
SubdivisionPezizomycotinaSac fungi with filaments
ClassLecanoromycetes“Lichenized” fungi
OrderLecanoralesMostly lichen-forming fungi
FamilyCladoniaceaeReindeer moss, cup lichen, others
GenusCladonia“Cup lichen”

About plant names...

The trumpet-like fruiting structures of these lichens (apothecia) are believed to help in distributing the spores—falling raindrops caught by the structures are splashed some distance, taking the spores with them.

Identification: The lichen and "trumpets" are gray-green in color. Each stalk is less than 1″ (2.5 cm) in height. Several Cladonia members share these structures, so this ID is tentative.

Online References:

Stephen Sharnoff Photography

Lichens of Ireland

Alan Silverside's Lichen Pages on LastDragon.org

Wikimedia Commons

The Ecology of Commanster

The Stridvall Family Domain


Walewski, Joe, Lichens of the North Woods, Kollath+Stensaas Publishing, 2007, p. 46

Cladonia major (K. Hagen) Sandst.


Cladonia fimbriata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Cladonia fimbriata (trumpet lichen, cup lichen)

9/5/2009 · Willard Brook State Park, Orange Trail, Townsend, Mass­a­chu­setts · ≈ 4½ × 7″ (11 × 17 cm) ID is uncertain