Sunday, 17 February 2008

Lichens


Like fungus, lichens fascinate me, I think they have a beauty all of their own. I know that lichens are a unique combination of fungus and an alga living as one unit. I have also read that you only find them where the conditions are absolutely perfect. We inherited this tree when we moved here, it is a maple, its leaves are pink and green and it gets the most beautiful seed pods hanging from it in autumn. Does anyone know what type it is?
Quote: True peace of mind and complete tranquility are only to be found in solitude.

4 comments:

Chris said...

We have lichens on our trees too :-) I was told that lichens only grow where the air is pure so its reassuring to have them in our garden. I hope the frost doesn't do too much damage to our plants. Stay warm!

oldmanlincoln said...

I have lichens on some stone lanterns in my garden but none on trees yet as none get that much shade to encourage their growth.

Thanks for visiting my birds blog.

I note you are a gardener. I had a license once for that here where I live but gave it up. Now or for the past 47 years I have just tried to make this into a place suitable for wildlife and a kind of habitat or sanctuary.

Mad Man Bamboo said...

Lichens add beauty in their own way. Thanks for sharing the photos and quote.

Sean

Mark said...

Hi Cheryl,
I think I have the same one,grows in a dome shape, mine had flowers and seed pods last year. I don't know what it is called though.