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Coral Lichen

Sphaerophorus tuckermanii


Heavily branched lichen that closely resembles coral. Most gray with a greenish tinge. The structure in the second photo is actually an apothecium, much to my surprise. It is very globular, unlike most lichen apothecia.


Sharing a branch with a moss clump on a dead branch of a Sitka Spruce. Termination Point - Interior Trail


Lichens are actually composite organisms consisting of one or more photobionts (photosynthesizing partners, typically they have a green alga) and one or more species of fungi. The lichen takes the name of the primary fungus. Lichens in the Sphaerophorus genus have Cystococcus as the photobiont, a green alga.

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Alaska, USA

Spotted on Jun 19, 2019
Submitted on Jul 30, 2019

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