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Usnea florida?

Observed: 10th March 2013 By: ar8922
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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I've been told this is Usnea florida, which grows high in the canopy and is very sensitive to pollution but I'd appreciate confirmation or correction from any lichen experts.
According to Natural England, it has been used in both traditional and modern herbal medicine to heal wounds, prevent gangrene, and to treat respiratory and urinary infections. It's reportedly edible and rich in vitamin C but is also listed as a priority for conservation action under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP) by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).
I believe it was also given a common name of Witches' Whiskers as part of a Natural England competition to name 10 rare species in 2010.


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Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan, that's very interesting.