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Pseudocyphellaria crocata on a branch of manzanita (Arctostaphylos sp.) on the coast of Oregon. The yellow powdery spots are soralia, where balls of algea wrapped in fungal threads are produced--a non-sexual means of reproduction. This lichen is a source of brown dye for wool.  Photograph copyright Stephen/Sylvia Sharnoff

Pseudocyphellaria crocata on a branch of manzanita (Arctostaphylos sp.

Hypogymnia apinnata, or "beaded tube lichen" on pine bark near Skagway, Alaska.  Photograph copyright Stephen/Sylvia Sharnoff

Hypogymnia apinnata, or "beaded tube lichen" on pine bark near Skagway, Alaska…

Hypogymnia heterophylla (seaside tube lichen) Northern California

Hypogymnia heterophylla (seaside tube lichen) Northern California

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Lichen (unidentified) / July, Richmond County, Georgia, USA / Copyright by William Tanneberger - All Rights Reserved.

Sticta limbata (powdered moon lichen) southwestern Washington

Sticta limbata ("powdered moon lichen") on a twig,

Peltigera malacea (veinless pelt) - central British Columbia

Peltigera malacea (veinless pelt) - central British Columbia

Parmotrema chinense (powdered ruffle lichen) Santa Cruz Island off S. CA coast - used medicinally in India as a diuretic, liniment, headache powder, and a powder to help heal wounds

Parmotrema chinense (powdered ruffle lichen) Santa Cruz Island off S. CA coast - used medicinally in India as a diuretic, liniment, headache powder, and a powder to help heal wounds

Crusty Lichen algae texture by Christine Samuel, via Dreamstime

Crusty Lichen algae texture by Christine Samuel, via Dreamstime

Lobariella sipmanii: A new species of lichen was found growing on lower to mid-height stems and small trunks of Diplostephium revolutum, a composite, in Bogotá, Colombia. It is only the second species in its genus with a cyanobacterial symbiont (a bacterium that obtains its energy through photosynthesis) but is distinct from all other species in several respects, including its strongly veined and stained surface.

New to Nature No 102: Lobariella sipmanii

A beautiful, newly discovered lichen from Colombia is the result of a symbiotic relationship between a fungus and a photosynthetic alga, writes Quentin Wheeler

Moss and Lichen growing together on our maple trees.

Moss and Lichen growing together on maple trees.

https://flic.kr/p/AQ8Ym | singing in the mist

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