Growing in a dense clump on the ground at Mima Mounds Prairie. It was found growing at the base of one of the mounds
These plants are 10-100mm tall acrocarps with a very long sporotphyte. I have one specimen with a sporotphyte that is 3 times its size. It has a red stem and lamelle on the leaves.
A highly branched and ghostly pale green specimen of Cladonia sp. (reindeer lichen) growing on the northwest side of a mound at Mima Mounds prairie reserve. The tuft was approximately 60 cm wide and 15 cm tall.
A large and tall turf of Cladonia sp. forage/reindeer lichens. Found on the northeast side of the Mima Mounds prairie reserve. There appear to be two distinct color forms in this turf. Possibly they are the same species, but with the darker form lacking usnic acid. A sample was collected for identification.
Reindeer Lichen. Found growing at Mima Mounds near the base of a mound on the NE side. The patch was approximately 3x4 ft.
Thallus is light green/gray and branched on the ends.
Mima mounds in Washington state, located on sod.
Covering large areas of ground in the prairie area
Tips of leaves break off easily. Stalks are olive green at the tips and fade to a yellow brown. Stalks measure 6-8 cm long.
Found on the Mima Mounds prairie in Olympia WA. This moss has a distinct blue/green pointy long thick leaves. The sporophytes are abundant with a long threadlike seta. The leaves are more affixed to stalk when dry but spread when wet. The gametophyte is at the end of a red stalk. Each individual has its own rhizoid. It grows in dense patches on the prairie. The leaves are green and thin and pointy with a red awn. The leaves fade to a more reddish color further down the stalk. The leaves have non notched lamella and are incurved.
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