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

<strong>Dog</strong> or <strong>Pelt Lichen</strong>
<em>Peltigera polydactylon</em>  
Piney River Trail, Spring City, TN

Thanks to the folks at the Lichen workshop I attended at the Tremont Institute in the Smoky Mountains (Feb. 2009), I finally ...
Dog or Pelt Lichen
Peltigera polydactylon
Piney River Trail, Spring City, TN

Thanks to the folks at the Lichen workshop I attended at the Tremont Institute in the Smoky Mountains (Feb. 2009), I finally learned what kind of lichen this is! Thanks, Jennifer! I have seen it often while hiking and thought it was unusual, but I never knew what it was. It grows on rocks, often interspersed with moss. Although it looks green it is not a plant, it is a lichen so it is classified in the Kingdom Fungi. The little brown knobs are the reproductive bodies called apothecia.

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