Wild Florida Photo -Jester Lichen

Jester Lichen

Marion Co. FL 03/30/19
Marion Co. FL 03/30/19
Marion Co. FL 03/30/19

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Jester lichen - Cladonia leporina - in Ocala National Forest. This is just one of the several species of Cladonia that is commonly called British soldiers lichen.
Lichens are both an algae and a fungus, living in partnership with each other. In many cases, neither organism could live without the other.

Kingdom Fungi – Fungi
 Division Ascomycota – Sac fungi
  Class Ascomycetes
   Order Lecanorales
    Family Cladoniaceae
     Genus Cladonia – cup lichen

For a taxonomic tree and links to other fungi posted on Wild Florida Photo see the Fungi at Wild Florida Photo page.


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