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Usnea Photo Mis-identified

email-possible Usnea 036Thanks to the readers of my blog, more knowledgeable than I, who made me aware that the photograph of the lichen in today’s post is of a lichen in the genus Ramalina. While Usnea does bear a resemblance to Ramalina, Usnea’s rounded branches are more thread-like than the flattened branches of Ramalina. Thanks to Tom Stearns, Peggy Willey and Jean Bergstrom for their sharp eyes. (Photo: Usnea (circled in red) is surrounded by Ramalina.


3 responses

  1. peggy

    Mary thank you for teaching me what that other lichen is- that’s exactly the pairing of kinds I often see when hunting lichen, and never knew its name. Yay! best, Peg

    March 18, 2014 at 11:06 pm

  2. Dan Allen

    I don’t know my lichens, but it looks like you have two different lichens in the picture. Is one a more mature form of the other?

    March 19, 2014 at 12:55 am

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