by Donna Bollenbach
|Lichens on a rock in Yellowstone National Park.|
– from the Greek word tapis for carpet; a fabric with a woven design resembling tapestry, varied entwined and intricate (i.e. the tapestry of life).
FORM & BEAUTY
|A combination of lichen forms and mosses on tree bark.|
The Foliose lichens have a leaf-like form. They have many lobes., often curling slightly inward and layered on top of each other.
|Foliose lichens on a tree.|
|Fruiticose lichens, or powder puff lichens in the Florida Scrub.|
The Crustose lichens are flat, often circular patches, tightly adhered to their substrate. Colorful fruiting bodies adorn their cortex.
|Foliose lichen (British soldiers) with an Earth Star (fungus) in the center.|
If you also love Lichens, check out this great book: "Lichens of North America" by Brodo, Sharnoff & Sharnoff. It is rather expensive, but it is nearly 800 pages of fascinating information and beautiful color images.