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

<strong>Red Beard Lichen</strong>
<em>Usnea rubicunda</em> - a fruticose lichen
Great Smoky Mountains NP
Feb. 21, 2009

Unlike its close relative, <em>Usnea strigosa</em>, this lichen does not have the large apothecia and it is not as "fuzzy". A f...
Red Beard Lichen
Usnea rubicunda - a fruticose lichen
Great Smoky Mountains NP
Feb. 21, 2009

Unlike its close relative, Usnea strigosa, this lichen does not have the large apothecia and it is not as "fuzzy". A fun fact about the Usnea species is if you carefully pull apart a large branch you will see a white central "cord", a good identifying characteristic.

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