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Florida Beard Lichen

Usnea florida

Description:

A densely branched pale green fruticose lichen. The apothecia is almost always present (2-10 mm dia) pinkish gray disc with short branches on the margins.

Habitat:

Spotted on a Live oak limb at Gulf State Park.

Notes:

Like other lichens it is a symbiosis of a fungus and an alga. In Usnea, the fungus belongs to the division Ascomycota, while the alga is a member of the division Chlorophyta.

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Brian38
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Brian38

Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA

Spotted on Jan 24, 2019
Submitted on Feb 3, 2019

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