Cladonia cryptochlorophaea Asahina

A species of C. chlorophaea agg. that is reliably distinguished by secondary metabolites. Morphologically, it resembles the more common but ecologically rather different C. merochlorophaea.

It grows on acidic soil, humus and also on peat in open stands. In Europe, it is widely distributed bud sparsely recorded. The species is rare in the Czech Republic. It has been recorded in warmer areas, usually in larger river valleys (e.g., Vltava and Dyje). It occurs in xerothermic grasslands, around rock outcrops and in open forests. In consistency with findings abroad (e.g., Rola et al. 2014), C. cryptochlorophaea has also been recorded on contaminated soil in anthropogenic stands.

Literature: Rola K., Osyczka P. & Nobis M. (2014): Cryptogamic communities dominated by the lichen Cladonia rei – a case study of Polish post-smelting dumps in a worldwide context. – Herzogia 27: 121–135. Kowalewska A., Kukwa M., Ostrowska I., Jabłońska A., Oset M. & Szok J. (2008): The lichens of the Cladonia pyxidata-chlorophaea group and allied species in Poland. – Herzogia 21: 61–78.

taxonomic classification:

Ascomycota Lecanoromycetes Lecanorales Cladoniaceae Cladonia

Red List (Liška & Palice 2010):DD – data deficient
Red List (Malíček 2023):C3 – endangered

Occurrence in the Czech Republic

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