Fringed Cup Lichen

Cladonia fimbriata

Vivid red fruiting bodies can look like matchsticks

Fringed cup lichen Cladonia fimbriata grows among the mosses on the Devonian Red Sandstone boulders.

Its fruit bodies are borne on cup-shaped structures (podetia) resembling minute golf tees – on some Cladonia species vivid red fruiting bodies in the podetia make the lichen look like matchsticks.

Some Cladonia species have recently been found to contain substances that might contribute to a cure for the prion protein induced “Mad Cow” disease.