Cladonia ciliata var. ciliata Stirton
Cladonia leucophaea Abbayes
Cladonia ciliata var. tenuis ss. auct. brit.
Cladina ciliata (Stirt.) Trass
Cladonia tenuis var. leucophaea (Abbayes) Ahti
Primary thallus granular and hardly visible. Podetia smooth, forming small bushes, to 10 cm tall, clustured in cushions, richly branched, with short lateral branches, 1-2 mm diam., emerging from stem, extreme branch tips curled down and pointed in the same direction, tips dichotomously divided, grey-greenish, grey-ash but grey-blue toward the tips and finally tips brown. Apothecia rare, small, brown. Photobiont : trebouxioide.
_ Cladonia ciliata Stirt. var. ciliata (= Cladonia leucophaea Abbayes) without green tinge, lateral branches grey-whitish with tips brown-purple, turning brown when sunny. C-, K-, KC-, Pd+ red. This subsp. is very rare.
_ Cladonia ciliata Stirt. var. tenuis (Flörke) Ahti, branches grey-green, grey-yellow, yellowish, do not turn brown when exposed to sun. C-, K-, KC+ yellow, Pd+ red. This subsp. is rather common and sometimes difficult to distinguish from Cladonia portentosa or Cladonia arbuscula without chemical spot tests.*