“Has a squamulose primary thallus with fruticose podetia that grow up from it”

WHAT THE……????

With descriptions like that, It’s no wonder that so many people don’t bother to learn about lichens.

The quote above, found in “A Field Guide to California Lichens”, was taken from the caption on a picture of one of my favourite group of lichens, the Cladonias, commonly called the pixie cup or trumpet lichens.