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Black woodscript lichen

Xylographa parallela


An interesting script lichen whose apothecia generally grow somewhat parallel to the wood grains of rotting wood (rarely on bark).


Spotted on driftwood at Point No Point County Park.

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Brian38 4 years ago

Thank you very much Neil. This one definitely took me awhile to ID.

Brian38 4 years ago

Thank you so much Lauren. Lichens have certainly become a deep passion for me. The first question I asked myself when I first started studying them is how could something so simple become so complicated. When fungi, algae, or cyanobacteria merge and evolve into a more complex organism of which there are about 20,000 species. I guess if there was only 20 species they wouldn't have the same appeal. I absolutely enjoy all your spotting as well. Your combination of knowledge/research and incredible photography is so inspiring!!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 years ago

Woodscript is pretty accurate. Great spotting, Brian.

LaurenZarate 4 years ago

I sure do love all your lichens!

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Washington, USA

Spotted on Feb 24, 2019
Submitted on Feb 26, 2019

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