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Christmas Wreath Lichen

Cryptothecia rubrocincta


Cryptothecia rubrocincta is a crustose lichen that is characterized by pinkish red and mint green colors which give it the appearance of a Christmas wreath.


Found on oak and magnolia tree bark at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.

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Brian38 a year ago

Thank you very much Robert.

triggsturner a year ago

Stunning Brian. Belated congrats on your sotd.

Brian38 a year ago

Thank you very much Doreen.


Brian38 a year ago

Thank you very much Sukanya, Michael and Dr. Sherpa for your kind words.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa a year ago

Congrats Brian!

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom a year ago

Congrats on a very pretty SOTD!! Really love the vivid colours!!!

SukanyaDatta a year ago

Wow...Brian...fabulous spottings all the way and SOTD/W s well deserved. Love your shots...many thanks for sharing.

Brian38 a year ago

Thank you very much Daniele for making this SOTD, and thank you Zlatan and António for your kind words.

Awesome find Brian,fantastic collours ,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a year ago

Yes! Beautiful one; congrats

DanielePralong a year ago

Congratulations Brian, your Christmas Wreath Lichen is our Spotting of the Day:

''It's Christmas all over again with our Spotting of the Day! The Christmas Wreath Lichen (Cryptothecia rubrocincta) takes its common name from its spectacular red and green colors. This lichen species is mostly found in subtropical and tropical areas throughout the southeastern United States and Central and South America. Lichens result from the mutualistic relationship between a fungus, and an alga or a cyanobacterium (photobiont). The photobiont provides the fungus with sugars from photosynthesis, while the fungus offers protection from the environment for the alga or cyanobacterium. Red pigments in the Christmas Wreath Lichen are thought to be produced to help tolerate hostile growth conditions".



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Gulf Shores, Alabama, United States

Spotted on Jan 23, 2019
Submitted on Jan 25, 2019

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