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another lovely lichen specimen

December 7, 2011

this one i encountered near my mother’s house on the summit — a twig surrounded by a whole colony of lichen beings. each lichen is a symbiotic partnership of two organisms in which a fungus provides the structure and an alga or cyanobacterium provides photosynthesis. the two different species that come together in a lichen do not exist in the same forms separate from one another — the presence of the other makes them what they are.

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  1. gene richeson permalink
    December 7, 2011 12:56 pm

    …….some think the same simbiosis applies within our species!….and then there is Lewis Thomas’ wonderful book, “The Medusa and the Snail”….

  2. Lee permalink
    January 1, 2012 7:32 am

    wow, these are so beautiful. thanks for sharing. they look like hairy moon creatures.

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