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Observed: 15th March 2010 By: js25399
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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circular close growing tree lichen


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Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Melanelixia's are foliose

Melanelixia's are foliose lichens but the lichen in your photo is crustose .......

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Melanelixia species are brown

Melanelixia species are brown in colour, and as Jenny says, they are foliose, which means they have leaf like stuctures that are not closely attached to the bark. Crustose species, like you have here, are so closely attached to the bark that you can't really feel them if you rub your finger over them, and if you wanted to remove the lichen from the tree, you'd have to take the bark off too.

Sarah West
OPAL Community Scientist
Yorkshire and Humber