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Old man's beard

Usnea

Description:

Usnea is the generic and scientific name for several species of lichen in the family Parmeliaceae, that generally grow hanging from tree branches, resembling grey or greenish hair. It is sometimes referred to commonly as Old Man's Beard, Beard Lichen, or Treemoss. Usnea grows all over the world. Like other lichens it is a symbiosis of a fungus and an alga. The fungus belongs to the division Ascomycota, while the alga is a member of the division Chlorophyta.

Notes:

Old man's beard with open spore cups.

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6 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Thank you Seema!

Seema
Seema 8 years ago

Beautiful

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Thanks Kerry! It's the name for the wild clematis seed heads in England too!

kerrydonovanbrown
kerrydonovanbrown 8 years ago

Great capture. I find common names so interesting — where I grew up (in the South Island of New Zealand) "Old Man's Beard' refers to a type of wild clematis. :-)

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Thank you!

Art Aldrich
Art Aldrich 8 years ago

Great capture!

KarenL
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KarenL

Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Jan 25, 2012
Submitted on Jan 25, 2012

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