Appreciation: Ramalina menziesii, Canopy Fishnet.

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by wcutler, Aug 9, 2017.

  1. wcutler

    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I'm excited to have seen and identified this Ramalina menziesii, Canopy Fishnet, on many trees along the interpretive walk at West Beach, at Deception Pass State Park in Washington.
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    I certainly didn't figure out the ID from this interpretive sign.
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    Old Man's Beard is Usnea longissima, now also called Dolichousnea longissima. Witch's Hair can be Alectoria sarmentosa or Imshaug's Witch's Hair Lichen (Alectoria imshaugii); neither of those seemed right. Fortunately, I found this thread: A few lichen images, with the link to Lichen Images. @Frog, this might interest you. I had to make a decision which forum to post this in, chose Pac NW natives.
     
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    Beautiful. Loved the close up photo especially.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Renowned Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Very nice, a lichen I'd like to photograph some day.
     
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    Frog Well-Known Member Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Lovely finds Wendy! Yes I had seen the link you mentioned before, and thank you for sharing it as well. On the west coast of Vancouver Island I find R. menziesii intertwined with Usneas.

    Usneas can be a bit challenging to ID to species sometimes: U. longissima usually reveals itself in length and the multitude of similar-length short segments branching off the main strands. There is also a very hair-like Ramalina that can look a bit like Alectoria or Usnea.

    Regardless, lovely critters :-) Thanks for alerting me to your post!
    -frog
     
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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    So I wonder if I just happened to get the Ramalina in focus, but there were the others as well. If I go there again, I'll have to pay closer attention. Thanks for mentioning that, @Frog.
     
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    Frog Well-Known Member Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hi Wendy: May I move this thread to the Fungi & Lichen forum?
     
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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    OK, @Frog. Thanks. I made my point about its being native in the Pac NW, but I guess people are probably more likely to look for it in Lichens. I've moved it.
     

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