All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Christmas Lichen</strong>
<em>Cryptothecia rubrocincta</em>
Munson, FL
Dec. 26, 2008

I had seen this pretty lichen in a state park near Orlando, FL in 2000; I was surprised by the bright red color. The red hue comes from a chemical called...
Christmas Lichen
Cryptothecia rubrocincta
Munson, FL
Dec. 26, 2008

I had seen this pretty lichen in a state park near Orlando, FL in 2000; I was surprised by the bright red color. The red hue comes from a chemical called chiodectonic acid. The lichen is used as a dye in Brazil.

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