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Word of the Week: Lichen

There are about 3,600 known species of lichens in North America. A lichen anchors itself to a substrate like a rock or tree with mostly non-penetrating fungal filaments called rhizines or a central peg-like extension from its thallus (body) called a holdfast… Continue reading

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Are You Lichen the Bark? Lichens and Mosses

In Part 3 of our series “Are You Lichen the Bark?”, Mary Free introduces us to the beauty of lichens and mosses on tree bark and other natural surfaces.
Many of her interesting photographs in this article have insets that show a magnified section of the lichen or moss, so you can really see the detail of these interesting epiphytes. Continue reading

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