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Green Shield Lichen

Flavoparmelia caperata

Description:

Characteristics on the lichen I found: The lichen I found was about 13cm long and it went all the way around a branch. Also the lichen was a very light green. And the lichen had no spaces in between the branches of the lichen. When I found the lichen it was growing in the middle of the branch. If I were to, I would of touch it to see if it were rough but it was so cold to take off my gloves. Classification: Kingdom: Fungi Division: Ascomycota Class: Lecanoromycetes Order: Lecanorales Family: Parmeliaceae Genus: Flavoparmelia

Habitat:

We found most of our lichen on alive trees. We only found one lichen that was actually on a dead tree. Also Green Shield lichen mostly grows on oak and maple trees, and that's what trees I found the lichen on. Our lichen was found sort of in the middle of the woods but the woods wasn't that big. I think there were all of the same kind of lichen all around.

Notes:

It was about 10:30 am on January 18th. It was 3.1˚c. There was about 15cm of snow on the ground. It had snowed the night before we went out. Gust up to 42kph. And it was fReZzInG! I think my lichen is Green Shield lichen. I only think my lichen is green shield lichen because it is light green like my lichen. The branches overlap like the lichen we had. And our lichen was a little more spread, but I still think my lichen is Green Shield lichen.

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mmsbiodiversity85
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mmsbiodiversity85

Maine, USA

Spotted on Jan 18, 2012
Submitted on Feb 8, 2012

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