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Cladonia turgida Hoffm.

Data Set Maintenance: Data set standard item. Data set author(s): Brodo I. & Ahti T. (96-12-10). Data set to be published after submission; 96-12-10.

Nomenclature: Current taxonomic status: accepted or basionymous. Taxonomic rank: species. Cladonia. Cladoniaceae Zenker (1827).

Taxonomic Literature: Taxonomic notes: Alaska, not QCI; alpine summit. Brodo I.M. & Ahti T., Can. J. Bot. 74: 1147-1180 (1996).

Ecology: Terricolous (alpine); growing sun-exposed.

Thallus: Crustose, squamulose; lobes ascending; branches densely aggregated, clustered, or loosely aggregated; separate thallus parts 5-12 mm long; 5-7 mm wide. Primary Thallus: Evanescent or persistent. Secondary Thallus: Present, arising from edge of the primary thallus, of indeterminate? growth; stipe 10-25 mm high, 1-3.5 mm wide, lime green (like primary squamules, abundantly maculate), tainted brown, corticate, with longitudinally split or perforated wall. Thallus Outline: Margin crenulate (to lobed). Upper Surface: Lime green (yellow-green (121) to greyish greenish yellow (105)), smooth; not sorediate. Lower Surface: White.

Lower Cortex: Absent.

Reproduction Strategy: Only known as sterile, asexually reproducing form. Ascocarps: Sparse. Disk: Brown.

Conidiomata: Formed on podetia.

Secondary Metabolites: Atranorin or fumarprotocetraric acid, of the following substance class(es): ß-orcinol depsides or ß-orcinol depsidones.

Spot Tests: Upper surface: K + bright yellow (citrine, lemon), C –, PD + red.

(report generated 15.Nov.2007)

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