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Beard lichen

Usnea sp.


Beard lichen is common in western Washington, especially in wetlands and riparian forest. If given enough time it can completely cover up limbs, shrubs and small trees. A pale green to gray fruticose lichen.


Spotted covering the understory shrubs and trees in a riparian forest at the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge. The beard lichen was so thick that it was creating its own habitat.

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Hoquiam, Washington, USA

Lat: 46.97, Long: -123.95

Spotted on Dec 24, 2018
Submitted on Jan 3, 2019

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