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Script Lichen

Graphis scripta


A crustose lichen whose elongated fruiting bodies resemble scribbles or writing on the bark of trees. The orange tint and bits on the lichen is Trentepohlia algae. Trentepohlia algae are green algae that can live symbiotically with lichens, such as Graphis scripta. The filaments of Trentepohlia are orange because they contain a large quantity of carotenoid pigments, which mask the green of the chlorophyll.


Growing on a hardwood tree root.

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Christine Y.
Christine Y. 6 years ago

Thanks Mark, I love finding these.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Wonderful stuff.

maplemoth662 6 years ago

Your welcome, Christine....

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 6 years ago

Thank you maplemoth, I love finding these lichens :)

maplemoth662 6 years ago

Photos No. 1, and 2: are beautiful, colorful photos....

Christine Y.
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Christine Y.

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Feb 24, 2018
Submitted on Feb 26, 2018

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