Identification: Clueless in NC.....mailbox post

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by kwalsh, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. kwalsh

    kwalsh Member

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    I'm a new homeowner in Hampstead, NC. It's a coastal area. I noticed these lovely green things growing on the mailbox post and would like to know what they are. Can anyone help?

    Thank you.

    kath
     

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  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Lichens. There two different species in the photo.
     
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    Thank you, Michael.

    I guessed I was in the right area. I'm hoping for a more specific/exotic/romantic name on the little green guys.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Possibly a Cladina species. I'm trying to think of what else it could be, and coming up short.
     
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    The "branched" lichen is a species of Usnea. The other one could be Parmotrema arnoldii.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Ah, fair enough. I usually associate Usnea with hanging, "bearded" lichens, but I see now that there are instances (particularly when young) when they'll be upright like this.
     
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    Hi Kath,

    What you have there are a couple immature Bushy Beard lichens (Usnea strigosa). When mature, they have pale disk-like fruiting bodies, which are fringed.
     
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    Bushy beard...I love it! Thanks for all your help everyone.

    k
     

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