Wow, oh wow! These cute little lichen are not new to me, but I sure didn't know that I have them in "my kingdom." But this week I mowed all my paths to get them cleaned up for skiing before the snow arrives. Since some of the routes really don't get hiked, but are better for skiing, they got kinda lost in the grass. Thus, they may have been moved a bit when I mowed. And I did walk the fresh paths. Just one patch of these, about a foot square. The very biggest of the cups is maybe half an inch high. They are just darling!
I didn't really know that they would grow under grass. I've mostly seen them on rocks. The Adirondacks is covered with them. There are quite a few species, all in the genus Cladonia. I think these are Cladonia chlorophaea.
I just like them a lot. The are so adorable!
While I was trying to make certain of the species, I came across another blog that I know some of you will love. Its Duxbury Rambler. Enjoy.
|See A Hike with Maggie and Marilyn for lichen on a log
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