Monday, March 14, 2016

Liken' Lichen and Moss

I'm 'liken' this lichen growing on my Serviceberry. The moss in my lawn isn't bad either.
I was made aware today that many people don't know what lichen is. No, it's not a werewolf, that's spelled LYCANS. Also, it's not a moss, because it's not a plant. Although, it can have plant-like properties. It's kind of a combination of algae or bacteria and fungus. They can come in a variety of colors, too. There are over 20,000 different types of lichens. If you look closely at the pic, you can see at least 2. Even though this is growing on a tree, it is not a parasite that harms it. It doesn't have roots that go into the bark, it just sits on top of it. Lichen can grow on rocks, or even just be blown around in the air!
Moss, on the other hand, are plants. They create food through photosynthesis, and tend to like shady, moist areas.
The one thing I really learned about these 2, is that for something being so small, and typically overlooked, they sure are complicated.
Remember to 'like' and 'share' the love of nature!



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