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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lichen

Scattered amongst the brilliant green of yesterday's mossy picture is an equally abundant crop of lichen, another plant that thrives in this cold, wet weather. Lichen is actually two plants that live together in symbiosis. One is a fungus (the mycobiont) and the other is a chlorophyll-producing plant (the phycobiont). Their relationship appears to be rather complex so for those of you who are interested, HERE's a link to what Wikipedia has to say about lichen.

4 comments:

Rob and Mandy said...

Oh wow! Fantastic colors!

Chuck Pefley said...

Always surprising what lays beneath our feet if we but look. Gorgeous designs.

Trillian said...

This plant is not frightened by the cold! Great photo!

Jilly said...

I always been fascinated by lichen.Great to see the detail and such wonderful colours.