Category Archives: Mosses, lichens & ferns

Devil’s Matchstick lichen

Devil’s Matchstick lichen (Cladonia floerkeana). Marsden Moor, Yorkshire.

Also known as ‘Bengal match lichen’ and ‘British soldier’, this lichen is distinguished by the bright red caps that sit atop its branches (also known as ‘podetia’). This lichen has a fondness for dead and rotting wood and is often found on fallen logs and fence posts as well as heathland and moorland.