Story: Lichens

Old man's beard lichen

Old man's beard lichen

Old man’s beard lichens (Usnea species) dangling from beech trees are a common sight in subalpine areas of New Zealand. They should not be confused with a vine, old man’s beard (Clematis vitalba), a rampant climber that smothers trees and shrubs and is considered a pest.

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Department of Conservation
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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Lichens - Lichens in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/10991/old-mans-beard-lichen (accessed 20 September 2017)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007