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Snow lichen

Stereocaulon sp.

Description:

Silvery, delicate, fruticose lichen growing on lava rocks with some adjacent bryophyte(s) and at least one other lichen species. The lichen was friable and less than 1” in height.

Habitat:

Seen in the mixed forest of Lava Tree State Park. Warm annual climate with high rainfall.

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2 Comments

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 11 years ago

Thank you for the genus suggestion, hpwra.

Yes, light colored lichens do add a nice contrast to the black lava rocks. When I see them in Volcanoes National Park, it makes for an eerie feeling in the lava fields.

hpwra
hpwra 11 years ago

A lichen. Probably a Stereocaulon, but not sure which one. I know we have Stereocaulon vulcani up in Haleakala National Park, but not sure if there are other species out there. Always adds a nice contrast to the black lava rock

mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Jan 8, 2013
Submitted on Jan 30, 2013

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