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Looking at Lichens

Post by edfrank » Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:42 pm

Looking at Lichens

January 10th, 2011 | by Jocie Ingram


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Most of us are familiar with the grey wispy lichens that garland tree trunks and branches. If you’ve been cross-country skiing at Mount Washington you’ve probably seen this stringy stuff that locals call “old man’s beard” or “witches hair” growing on tree trunks. Darker forms are known as “horsehair” or “bear’s hair.”

Lichens appear in a stunning array of colours, and may be yellow, orange, red, greenish, white, black, or grey. Varying greatly, they are classified by form into dust, crust, scale, leaf, club, shrub and hair. At least 1300 species of lichens have been identified in BC, and many areas have yet to be well documented. Anyone who discovers these organisms is sure to become enchanted with pixie cups, devil’s matchsticks, beaded bones, freckle pelts and more... continued
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