Story: Lichens

Fruticose lichen (3rd of 3)

Fruticose lichen

Fruticose lichens are either upright and bushy or hang loosely from branches or rocks. Some New Zealand species resemble reindeer moss, a lichen that flourishes in arctic environments.

This species, growing on a fence post, is Stereocaulon corticulatum, common in damp, exposed places.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Lichens - Features and life history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 July 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007