These tiny fellows are a type of lichen…
Famous relatives of them are called British Soldiers…who have a bright red flaring head rather then a dull, dim brown like this species.
However, in my area……..THIS is what I get and am so incredibly happy to do so!
Most lichens in my area, NE Kansas/USA, are flat and grow on rocks or wood. Rarely do we see anything that rises up or flares outward. Some of the beauties we get DO flare with rainfall/dew/snow…but shrink back down with drying/heat.
This is one of the very few lichens I’ve seen, also that grows on soil….and in fact…this is the only place I’ve seen these growing!
Located on a friend’s property….I took a hike with her yesterday with her 2 pups and even a kitty for a bit. This exact area is very popular with an introduced tree I THINK in the Juniper family?
Sadly, I’ll probably never get an exact ID for this particular lichen because there are several in it’s family that look alike. The only true way to help ID it is to get chemical then micro work done with them.
There aren’t too many patches yet that I’ve seen of these in this wooded area but my friend and I were able t find another location they were just starting to establish themselves. Yeeeah!