British Soldiers Lichen

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found these British Soldier Lichen, Cladonia Cristatella, growing today in the Allegan State Game Area in Michigan. They are found throughout the state on decaying wood and in open fields. The red tips are reproductive structures.

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17 responses to “British Soldiers Lichen”

  1. onelifethislife says :

    Yes, the red really does “pop”! Great photo.

  2. mysending says :

    Your work is consistently so wonderful! Thank you!

  3. Regina (Gina) Arnold says :

    You always give us such beautiful photographs! Thank you. Cheers!

  4. montucky says :

    I’ve never seen these. Now I will be looking closer! Great photo!

  5. Sakhi says :

    I haven’t seen this earlier… thanks for sharing :)

  6. katehobbs says :

    When I first saw your title I wondered what the photo would be of, as I have never heard of this type of lichen before. Now I can see why it is called the way it is – remeniscences of the British redcoats worn during the late 1700s and early 1800s by the British soldiers. And it sure is red!!!! This is a stunning photograph. I’ve learned something new today and that is good. thank you.

  7. Maggie L R says :

    Love this photo, I am a fan of Macro photography.

  8. colonialist says :

    Very striking photography, and interesting history and botany!

  9. janeslog says :

    Lovely plant. Should be called English Soldiers Lichen as it was the English who wore red. The Scots never wore red.

    As an interesting aside, the American Declaration of Independence was based on Scotland’s Declaration of Arbroath (1320) which established Scotland as a nation.

    ‘It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.’
    (Extract from the Declaration of Arbroath, 1320).

  10. greenbenchramblings says :

    What incredible lichen unlike anything here in UK. Our lichen tend to be subtle shades of grey, green and blue.

  11. norinep says :

    Beautiful color and clarity!

  12. Cotton Boll Conspiracy says :

    Great photo and a great name, especially for lichen.

  13. mountainmae says :

    I have never seen this before- thank you for showing me something new and sharing your beautiful photos.

  14. deannagreensandgardenart says :

    Beautiful red! Great photo!

  15. kboehnlein says :

    oh man, these are my favorite kind of lichen! Beautiful picture :)

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