Cladonia coccifera (L) Willd.


Known commonly as Madame Pixie Lichen in English and Cladonie coccifère in French, Swales encountered this member of the Cladoniaceae family while travelling across Iqaluit in July 1964. As Swales noted on the voucher, she encountered this Cladonia coccifera 'among moss and rocks, mountain side.'

The distint red colour of the pixie lichen's cups would have caught Swales' eye against the moss and rocks. This species of lichen is known to favour rocks in open woods as well as mountainous woodlands across arctic regions.