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Gray horsehair lichen

Bryoria capillaris


Dark gray of somewhat coarse strands that hang in clumps. The lichen usually appears darker than it actually is because its almost always in the canopy shadow. Found locally common on the east side of the Cascades. This is an important nesting material.


Spotted near the Taneum creek. Mature coniferous forest.

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Brian38 a year ago

Thank you very much Ashley for the nomination. Thank you Tukup for your kind words.

AshleyT a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Tukup a year ago

Cool spotting Brian. I would have thought some kind of moss. I need to review a few of my pictures to see if that's what I've seen. Thanks for sharing.

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Washington, USA

Spotted on Jun 9, 2019
Submitted on Jun 16, 2019

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