Tag Archives: Fruticose Lichens

Lacy Coral Lichen – Cladia ferdinandii

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Cladia ferdinandii aka Lacy Coral Lichen
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Ascomycota
Class: Lecanoromycetes
Order: Lecanorales
Family: Cladoniaceae
Aldinga Scrub, South Australia – August 16th, 2014 – overcast conditions with occasional light rain

Photos: Michal & Adam Dutkiewicz

Cladia ferdinandii is a rare Australian lichen (Lichenized fungi) found in the Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park and in other areas along the coast. It is threatened by the encroachment of nearby housing developments. This very beautiful and delicate group of lichens resemble coral, and they are susceptible to trampling and pilfering, hence the need for this Aldinga Scrub colony to be fenced off.

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Ferries-McDonald Conservation Park Is A Lichen Showground: 2

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Usnea scabrida aka Old Man’s Beard
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Ascomycota
Class: Lecanoromycetes
Order: Lecanorales
Family: Parmeliaceae
Ferries-McDonald Conservation Park – November 8th, 2014 – overcast conditions

This species looks like a tiny Bonsai and is, to me, one of the more appealing Lichens, along with the Cladia genus – Members of the Usneas apparently have common names like Woman’s Long Hair, Tree Moss, Old Man’s Beard or Beard Lichen – I hope my ID matches all the pictures in this Post.