Often confused with:
Cladonia Chlorophaea which looks very similar.
Some similarities to : Other members of the Cladonia Family, some of which are also shaped like golf-tees, such as
Cladonia cervicornis (but that has a brownish tinge and a tiered structure with a smaller golf-tee within a golf-tee within another golf-tee, etc),
Cladonia Pocillum (distinguished by the smooth brownish areas at some of the tips) and
Cladonia Coccifera. These others, however, are generally much smoother, and some have scarlet-red cups and rims, such as
A foliose squamulose lichen which favours acid soils with a high moisture and humus content such as roadside banks and heathland. Also fence posts. Grows up to 3cm tall. The cups are deep. Small squamules cover both the inside and outside of the cup (podetia)
Pixie Cups and other Cladonia species contain
Didymic Acid which was once collected from the lichen and used in folk-lore medicine to treat tuberculosis, but it is not known how effective this was.
It also contains
Fumarprotocetraric Acid, another lichen ccid.