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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.
Lat: 46.97, Long: -123.95
Spotted on Dec 24, 2018
Submitted on Jan 3, 2019