Sunday, June 6, 2010

British Soldiers/ Macro Monday

Macro of British Soldier lichen (Cladonia cristatella)

British Soldier moss is also known as matchstick moss...but it's not a moss at all.  It's a lichen - actually two plants a fungus and an algae living together to each other's benefit.  Each soldier can grow to be about 1 inch (25 mm) tall.

British soldiers on top of an upright fence post

High humidity, low light and cool temperatures are what this lichen likes. These British soldiers were growing on dead wood (an upright fence post).



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24 comments:

Kathy said...

Very interesting. Named, I suppose, because British soldiers wore red coats during the Revolutionary War????

B SQUARED said...

Very cool! Never saw them before.

Carletta said...

Matchstick - isn't that the most perfect title!
I've never heard of it. It's really neat looking.

mactheweb said...

Very interesting plant. And yes, the British army wore red coats throughout the Napoleonic era.

Rambling Woods said...

I didn't know that..I will have to get out and look for some...we've had the high humidity and tons of rain...Michelle

margie said...

i have never heard it called british soldiers. great macro.

LD said...

Neat! Excellent images. I was walking in the woods near my house recently and took a photo of some cypress trees with red lichen. It only grew on about 5 or 6 trees in the whole area which is odd. I'll post that photo soon.

Ann said...

They look like the crowns on top of a rooster. SAme look, same colour.

Regina said...

Interesting and amazing.

Fotobloggen 2010 said...

Great shots, I have never seen any like that but interesting that you seem to have been "down on the ground" as me for this weeks MM :-)

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Now this is so outstanding a macro monday, I'm without words. Amazing photography.

My Macro Monday is a bit on the odd side today...would you believe bricks?!! But it's all explained below the photos. Here. Come visit with me if you can. Have a great week.

jabblog said...

What a fascinating symbiosis! I've never seen or heard of this 'moss' - it looks very colourful.
I love aquilegias - but ours aren't visited by hummingbirds, more's the pity :-)

see you there! said...

Very interesting. I think it would scare me a little if I came across it tho. I mean, RED moss stuff? Eeeee.

Darla (maybe I read to many mysteries)

Small City Scenes said...

I've seen different lichens but not this one. I will have to take a better look. Very interesting. MB

Birgitta "foto CHIP" said...

Oh - I have never seen this before :) A little piece of artistic work by nature :)

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msdewberry said...

I have never heard of these before. I like thier name, and the story behind it. Cool photos!!

Jacob said...

Never seen this stuff, never heard of it...although I do remember something about British soldiers! It's pretty even if a bit weird.

Manang Kim said...

A moss and a lichen wow that is interesting. Never see them yet. happy Monday!


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Christina said...

Interesting! Great macro Monday shot! Thanks for sharing!

Jama said...

Interesting! learn something new today.

Ebie said...

LOL! I love comments. I would agree with Ann, roosters' crown. But my first thoughts were the color of the uniform of the soldiers.

Rose said...

I have never seen this before, at least not that I noticed. Very interesting.

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

Makes me want to go out and photograph lichen. Love the red color!

Robin said...

Those are wild looking, quite the bunch of red coats :).

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