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Lace Lichen

Ramalina menziesii

Description:

Lace lichen can have different shapes and forms. These were 2 cm wide and 8 cm long strips with branching on the margins. Light pale in color.

Habitat:

Spotted on the ground from being blown out of the trees from the wind. The strip of conifers where the lichen originated where close by. This lichen is found mostly along the west coast of North America and within a couple hundred meters of the coast line.

Notes:

Lace lichen is an important food source for coastal deer, and a source of nest building material for birds.

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11 Comments

Great find Brian,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 3 weeks ago

Congrats!!! Great SOTD

Brian38
Brian38 3 weeks ago

Thank you Sukanya.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 weeks ago

Congratulations, Brian!

Brian38
Brian38 4 weeks ago

Thank you Hema and Sarah for your kind words. Thank you Daniele for making this lichen SOTD. I thought it was awesome that California had made this lichen their "state lichen ".

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 4 weeks ago

Way to go, Brian!! CONGRATS!! :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 weeks ago

Congratulations Brian, your fascinating Lace Lichen is our Spotting of the Day:

"Lichens can grow is a variety of shapes, and our Spotting of the Day, the Lace Lichen (Ramalina menziesii), is itself highly variable. Sometimes its branches are tiny slender lace-like strands, sometimes as seen here it grows into broadly flattened branches. Lichens play an important role in many ecosystems. Sensitive to air pollution and climate, lichens are being used to monitor air quality and climate change. Lichens are also a source of nutrition for animals, and lace lichen is an important food source for coastal deer along the North American west coast. The lace lichen is the California State Lichen, making California the first state in the US to recognize a lichen as a state symbol".

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Hema
Hema 4 weeks ago

Great find and observation!I might have mistook this for soggy paper.

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 4 weeks ago

Good job, Brian!! Interesting.....the things we find!! :)

Brian38
Brian38 4 weeks ago

Thanks Sarah! It really is a fascinating lichen. It's the first time I've come across this one - so my research time took way too long!

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt a month ago

Those are cool!! They resemble bark "peelings" from a birch tree.

Washington, USA

Lat: 48.39, Long: -122.66

Spotted on Dec 8, 2018
Submitted on Dec 17, 2018

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