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Brown-eyed Wolf Lichen

Letharia columbiana

Description:

The "brown eyes" are the fruiting bodies where spores are made for reproduction. The lichen is a combination of fungus and algae (or, sometimes, cyanobacteria), but only the fungal partner reproduces sexually and produces spores - then the new generation has to find its algal partner all over again.

Habitat:

Spotted in a pine dominant forest.


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Washington, USA

Lat: 47.21, Long: -121.02

Spotted on Jan 9, 2018
Submitted on Jan 10, 2018

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