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Something Very Rare (I think!)

Observed: 31st May 2013 By: ec5395

Something thriving on the side of disused lead blast furnaces. There was very little there when I was a child - all N.E. facing walls now getting covered. Possibly plant, has filaments approx 1.5mm long feels like velvet to touch (but I didn't harm it rest assured!)To describe colour as bright almost fluorescent orange is an understatment. Didn't not look like it undertook photosynthesises? Poss chem autotroph? Habitat = heavy lead contamination up until ~ 1918.


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This is something rare (I'm

This is something rare (I'm sure) and protected. It has been in situ for well over 30 years now in an area we used to play as children. Now its protected and is colonising the site very well. It's identity has always been a well kept secret and I have never never been able to find out what it is. I would love to know.

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Think I can quite safely say

Think I can quite safely say its not rare now :-( But it is still a beautiful organism to encounter and especially to feel!