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Fairy barf lichen

Icmadophila ericetorum

Description:

A gray-green lichen with pink knobs that are fruiting bodies.

Habitat:

This lichen grows only on old stumps; this particular one is an ancient cedar snag.

Notes:

The lichen is overtaking the moss next to it, slowly growing over it. These lichen patches have been growing here for many many years. The substrate is well-decayed; it may have been 150 years since the cedar tree burned. Apparently this lichen occurs all over the world. Its common name is vivid; one can imagine "seeing" an inebriated fairy perched on the various shelves and hurling pink chunks.

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4 Comments

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 a year ago

Your welcome, shebusynow....yes, there are so many beautiful colors to be seen, when you visit the rainforest....the rainforest, is the perfect place to visit, when a person wants to see, - the beauty of nature....

shebebusynow
shebebusynow a year ago

Thank you, maplemoth. It is kind of surprising how many colors the rainforest has to offer not even including leaves & flowers. There are at least 3 species of moss here, and a couple of lichen; then there's the red cedar.

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 a year ago

Photo No. 3: has lots of very beautiful, never seen before colors....

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 a year ago

Photo No. 3: is a very beautiful, and a very colorful photo....lots of very beautiful colors....

shebebusynow
Spotted by
shebebusynow

Oregon, USA

Lat: 44.54, Long: -123.96

Spotted on Feb 15, 2018
Submitted on Mar 7, 2018

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