Bristish Soldier Lichen

British Soldier Lichen (Cladonia cristatella) is a very common and well known lichen found throughout the US and Canada. You do have to look closely however as the plants are very small, perhaps 2mm or 3mm wide at the top. The red caps resemble the red hats worn by invading British troops during the American Revolutionary war, giving the lichen its common name of the British Soldier Lichen. I have always thought they looked like bright red lips and have come up with a number of other title over the years. The red hats are the sexual fruiting structure of the lichen.

British Soldier Lichen (Cladonia cristatella)

British Soldier Lichen (Cladonia cristatella)

British Soldiers - Cladonia cristatella

British Soldiers - Cladonia cristatella

British Soldiers - Cladonia cristatella

British Soldiers - Cladonia cristatella

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  1. Kala says:

    Wonderful colors and details in the second image.

  2. kelly says:

    I love the name! The last shot is so wonderful, they look like soldiers standing there, ready to charge!

  3. lisaschaos says:

    We have some of it around our area too and I always love seeing it. You did really good showing us, that stuff is little!
    .-= lisaschaos┬┤s last blog ..Painted in Ice (Macro Monday) =-.

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