Script Lichen

Eagle Mountain

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Buffy found plenty to keep herself busy on our hike along the creek on Eagle Mountain this morning.

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After “oohing” and “aahing” over the water and ice,

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I turned my attention to the lichens.

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The word miniscule was putting it mildly.

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 Pencil lines would be slightly wider than the lichen’s “lines.”

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 It grew on several  ironwood trees (Carpinus caroliniana) growing along the creek.

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 I was finally able to identify these online as a “script lichen”  (Graphis scripta).

8 responses to this post.

  1. Very interesting, I’m going to have to keep my eye out for it!


  2. Another one of those tiny things I have never seen.


  3. Neat shot of the lichen. Buffy is adorable.


  4. I saw one the other day that was maybe an inch and a half wide but they’re usually quite small. You got some good shots of it-that’s the hard part. I find them on maples here.
    The lines are its fruiting bodies where its spores are released from.


    • I’ve been taking pictures of several lichens lately. My problem is getting pictures without finger shadows. Got pictures of a red firedot this afternoon and plan to blog it too. Such fun!


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