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Lace Lichen

Ramalina menziesii


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.


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.


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

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

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom a year ago

Congrats!!! Great SOTD

Brian38 a year ago

Thank you Sukanya.

SukanyaDatta a year ago

Congratulations, Brian!

Brian38 a year 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 a year ago

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

DanielePralong a year 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".



Hema a year ago

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

SarahWhitt a year ago

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

Brian38 a year 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 a year ago

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

Spotted by

Washington, USA

Lat: 48.39, Long: -122.66

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

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