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Bushy Beard Lichen

Usnea strigosa

Description:

Fruticose, shrubby, pale green lichen. Thallus (vegetative tissue) is shrubby with multiple branches, primary branches sometimes ending in apothecia. Usnea strigosa is a genus within the Parmeliaceae family of lichens. Lichens are composite organisms comprised of fungal filaments being inhabited by algae or cyanobacteria. Most members of this particular family have symbiotic relationships with green algae. These algae perform photosynthesis and provide a food source for the fungus.

Habitat:

On leaf litter on the floor of a mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in Northwest Georgia.

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5 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Great series. Glad you got species.

flowntheloop
flowntheloop 3 years ago

Thank you, Brian!

Brian38
Brian38 3 years ago

Great find and pics!

flowntheloop
flowntheloop 3 years ago

Thank you, Christine! <3

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago

Oh, love this one!

flowntheloop
Spotted by
flowntheloop

Georgia, USA

Spotted on Nov 19, 2017
Submitted on Nov 20, 2017

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