Lichen Rose

Yampimon

Joined August 2010

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The three groups of organisms commonly found on gravestones are
algae, lichens and mosses.

Algae are organisms that exist as single cells, in clumps or long
filaments. They can be present in any environment where there is
moisture, and they colonise ledges and projections, cracks and
crevices, and areas of water run-off.

A lichen is a composite organism, partly made up a fungus and partly
composed of algae. Lichens are capable of colonising a variety of
materials, including trees and stone surfaces.

Mosses are plants in which there is only a primitive root system, but
there are the familiar leaves and stems. Moss species have a variety of
appearances, varying from a creeping prostrate form, to the small neat round tufts. Many species of moss can resist drought and can be found on rock surfaces in full sun, but most species thrive in permanently damp environments.

Do not be tempted to remove lichens from gravestones, because this may cause greater damage to the surface of the stone than the lichens are capable of causing; furthermore, about 150 British lichen species are currently considered to be either critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable, as classified by the World Conservation Union
Twenty six species of lichens and thirty-three species of Bryophytes, which includes mosses, are currently protected by British Statute, and it is therefore illegal to disturb either the lichens or their habitat.

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