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Branch with Lichen

Over the past month or so, I’ve photographed mosses, lichens and other Bryophytes we have here.  While there is information on Lichen and Moss to be found on the Internet, I’m discovering that I need to know the Latin name in order to search for images I can use for identification. A slow process.  I welcome a new book reviewed by the Field Naturalists Ballarat  Mosses of Dry Forests in South Eastern Australia which looks like it will be a handy reference.

At the moment, none of my field guides cover Bryophytes, so I will just post this photograph of a branch which fell from high in a tree.  It is covered with lichen – varied in form, and beautifully coloured.

In time, I will create a page for Bryophytes in my A – Z Species Guide, but I’m afraid that will have to wait for a little while.

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The lichen growing on this branch is quite varied, forming cups in some places and furry fronds in others.

6 thoughts on “Branch with Lichen

  1. The furry lichen on the left might be what is sometimes called Old Man’s Beard,an Usnea species. Flavoparmelia rutidota is like the main one. Is the branch from a native or exotic species?

    1. Thanks for the information. The branch is from a native tree, but I’m not sure what species. To be honest, I didn’t look at the tree it came from, but in that area we have both acacia and eucalypts growing. I’ll take a walk down there today and see if I can work out which tree it fell from. Thanks again for the information on the lichen. Lisa

    2. We have both had a look at the fallen branch, and it is beneath a eucalypt which has mistletoe growing in it. We think it may be part of the dead mistletoe that has broken off and fallen to the ground.

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