Where do you suppose Cladonia macilenta got it's English name? The genus name, Cladonia, is Greek for "club-like". At this time of year the bright red apothecia (the fruiting bodies) provide a counter point to all the lush greens that we are surrounded with. This miniature Dr. Seuss forest was growing on a windfall Douglas-fir log. They are relatively common on stumps, fenceposts and bark.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.