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Lichen discovered by Mardon (#1656)

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Observed: September 5, 2013 @ 3:15 PM
Posted on: September 5, 2013 @ 7:26 PM (diff: 0 days)
The clump of lichen in the closeup image is 6 cm across. I'd call this "Old Man's Beard" but I notice two other sightings listed here on under taht heading.The three of them do not look exactly alike to me. Can anyone shed details on this?

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By Mac Pitcher on 6/8/2016 11:40:37 AM

The vernacular term Old Man's Beard, although specific to Usnea longissima, is used loosely in NF for most pendulous greenish-yellow fruticose lichens. One of your pictures is indeed a Usnea, and possibly Fishbone Usnea (U. filipendula). The other pic shows lichens at more of a distance, and these may be Alectoria sarmentosa or a tufted Usnea, but a closer look would be required to be sure.

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