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Cladonia pleurota (Flörke) Schaer.

Data Set Maintenance: Data set standard item. Data set author(s): Brodo I. & Ahti T. (96-12-10). Data set to be published after submission; 96-12-10.

Nomenclature: Current taxonomic status: accepted. Taxonomic rank: species. Cladonia. Cladoniaceae Zenker (1827).

Taxonomic Literature: Brodo I.M. & Ahti T., Can. J. Bot. 74: 1147-1180 (1996).

Ecology: Terricolous or bryophytic; growing sun-exposed or partially shaded; substrate non-calciferous.

Thallus: Crustose, squamulose; lobes ascending or horizontal; branches loosely aggregated, scattered, or clustered; separate thallus parts 2-6 mm long; 2-8 mm wide. Primary Thallus: Persistent. Secondary Thallus: Present, arising from center of the primary thallus, of determinate growth; stipe 6-25 mm high, lime green, homogeneously coloured, corticate (at least at very base, sometimes for much of podetium) or not corticate, with intact wall. Thallus Outline: Margin crenulate or dissected. Upper Surface: Verruculose or areolated (where corticate), lime green ((122) to greyish greenish yellow (105)); not sorediate. Lower Surface: White or orange (at base).

Lower Cortex: Absent.

Ascocarps: Forming along the margin of scyphi, moderately abundant, 1-4 mm in diam.. Disk: Strongly convex; red.

Conidiomata: Formed on margins of scyphi.

Secondary Metabolites: Usnic acid and hopane-6a,22-diol.

Spot Tests: Upper surface: K – (negative), C –, + deep yellow, or + orange, PD –.

(report generated 15.Nov.2007)

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