7 responses to “Hypogymnia duplicata”

  1. mary bond

    I just love this one, titles and all.

  2. lynn

    Tickertape bone lichen is a great common name, and lichen charades? That sounds like fun – lichen common names are amazing. It would be nice to know what the other lichens/composite organisms and mosses are in this photo.

  3. Lynne Brookes

    I love the variety of plants that you post–from the mighty to then mini. Lichens are wonderful and their uses are many: dyes, food for some wildlife (ex. reindeer), bird nest construction and nest camouflage material (ex. hummingbirds), medicinal, and I believe that some produce rock crumbling acids that help lead to soil development in barren areas, etc. And–their endless shapes, colours and sometimes scents are fascinating!

  4. ellen

    And who doesn’t play Lichen Charades?!?! love the photo, and the game concept

  5. Joe

    I really “lichen” this post 😉

  6. Richard Droker

    Finally got back to my computer. Thanks Daniel for posting and for very good information. I would add that although H. duplicata is well documented I’ve only encountered it a few times, and think it prefers a somewhat particular environment.

    I agree with Lynne, and share Lynn’s interest in the entire community and wonder how it all interacts. I think Daniel is correct with Dicranum. Looking at the original photo full size I’m seeing Alectoria, Cladonia, Hypnum, Dicranum, Thelotrema, Sphaerophorus, Ochrolechia or other white crust, Hypogymnia physodes,and possibly Parmelia. Studies of some individual lichens using DNA have indicated the presence of hundreds of cryptic species of bacteria and fungi.

    (Another good one for Charades – Pilophorus)

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