Story: Lichens

Crustose lichen (1st of 3)

Crustose lichen

Crustose lichens are the most common type of lichen. They form a tight crust on the surface of rocks, tree bark or soil. This hardy lichen, Placopsis gelida, grows on exposed alpine rocks.

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Reference: AAQA 6500 Col1799
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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Lichens - Features and life history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 October 2021)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007