Orange Lichen - Xanthoria parietina

MotherNature

Green Lane, United States

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I’ve taken this description from the most marvelous site on lichens that I’ve ever seen. Finding an identification on a lichen is troublesome, but this site is extremely helpful.

http://www.lichen.com/index.html

“Lichens are composite, symbiotic organisms made up from members of as many as three kingdoms.

The dominant partner is a fungus. Fungi are incapable of making their own food. They usually provide for themselves as parasites or decomposers.

“Lichens are fungi that have discovered agriculture”— lichenologist Trevor Goward.

The lichen fungi (kingdom Fungi) cultivate partners that manufacture food by photosynthesis. Sometimes the partners are algae (kingdom Protista), other times cyanobacteria (kingdom Monera), formerly called blue-green algae. Some enterprising fungi exploit both at once."

The picture was taken May 20, 2011, at Quissett, Falmouth, Cape Cod, MA.

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