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Fingered Dog Lichen

Peltigera polydactyla

Description:

I am fairly certain this is a liverwort.

Habitat:

Appalachian mountains


1 species ID suggestions

QWMom
QWMom 5 years ago
Fingered Dog Lichen
Peltigera polydactyla Peltigera polydactylon

6 Comments

chesterbperry
chesterbperry 5 years ago

Thank you QWMom, never would have guessed that, never seen a lichen with "roots". What do you think those structures are?

QWMom
QWMom 5 years ago

I saw one of these last weekend! And I accidentally stumbled on the ID looking up something else. It's a foliose lichen!! I would never have guessed that - it looks so bryophyte!

QWMom
QWMom 6 years ago

Me too! I never paid much attention to bryo's or ferns or licehn but I'm finding them really fascinating right now! And we have such an amazing diversity down here in the SE.

chesterbperry
chesterbperry 6 years ago

Aye, believe you are correct, wish me luck finding an identity, guess I will need to pick up a bryophyte book.

QWMom
QWMom 6 years ago

Moss ally, not fern ally :)

QWMom
QWMom 6 years ago

I think it's a hornwort - another fern ally because of those weird conical structures. Fantastic spotting!

Tennessee, USA

Lat: 35.32, Long: -84.18

Spotted on Mar 3, 2013
Submitted on Mar 4, 2013

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