Gray foliose lichen outlined in black.
Grows on a twig in a forest clearing, footsteps from Kenai Lake, Alaska. Elevation > 3000'.
A lichen comprises a mutualistic or, more specifically, symbiotic, relationship between organisms i.e., "...algae or cyanobacteria living among filaments of multiple fungi species." (Wikipedia) In southern Alaska alone, there are 13 different species of Hypogymnia. Possible species: H. appinata (most likely), H. occidentalis or H. wilfiana (least likely).
Lat: 60.36, Long: -149.36
Spotted on Jul 12, 2016
Submitted on Feb 22, 2019