Lichen: Usnea subfloridana

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Lichen: Usnea subfloridana

As you walk by hedgerows and scrub in winter when they are denuded of leaves you surely cannot fail to notice the masses of lichen that adorn the stems and branches. Of these lichens this distinctive 'spidery' one forms great masses of bristly offshoots. It is called Usnea subfloridana.

The Usnea range of lichen are members of the fruiticose set because they produce little fruiting bodies that often look a little bit like golf tee pegs.

Usnaa subfloridana is by far the most common of the British Usnea family. It grows on trees, fences and occasionally on rock. It is the most tolerant of the family to air pollution and is very common in the south and west of England (including Dorset of course) but it has disappeared from the Midlands and north of England.


 

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
This nature nore was written ----> 2 years 10 months ago

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