Story: Lichens

Pixie cup

Pixie cup

Green-grey pixie cups (Cladonia species) thrive in exposed subalpine sites where they grow on poor soils and fallen logs. Their splash cups are covered in flour-like reproductive structures called soredia, which are easily brushed off. Soredia contain algal cells and fungal threads that can grow into a new lichen.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Lichens - Lichens in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007