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

<strong>Tree Jelly Lichen</strong>
<em>Collema subflaccidum</em>  
Great Smoky Mountains NP
Feb. 21, 2009

These gelatinous black lichens contain <em>cyanobacteria</em> (blue-green algae) as their photobiont. They can grow on trees or on the soil....
Tree Jelly Lichen
Collema subflaccidum
Great Smoky Mountains NP
Feb. 21, 2009

These gelatinous black lichens contain cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) as their photobiont. They can grow on trees or on the soil. Jelly lichens often grow along with mosses. While surveying the trees in my yard, I was surprised to find this lichen growing on the bark of the Black Gum tree behind my house too. We have lived here for 27-1/2 years and I've never noticed it before! That proves there is always something new to see and learn about! :)

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