Scandinavian Mountains over 2000m - Flora & Fauna

Scandinavian Mountains over 2000 metres - James Baxter

Flora & FaunaAlgae, Lichen & Moss › Red Soldier Lichen

Cladonia bellidiflora, Red Soldier Lichen, Blomsterlav.

Red Soldier Lichen
This fruticose lichen is well known and found in forests, especially coniferous, and moorland areas.

The lichen feeds off fallen logs and stumps, breaking them down and putting the nutrients back into the soil. This lichen, like most, also fixes nitrogen from the air and puts it into the soil.

The bright red cap is the fruiting body (apothecia) and is formed by the fungal component only.