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columbiariver

Oregon Z-5/6. Explore https://www.gardenclub.org/ for fun #pnw #oregon #native #plantnatives #columbiangardenclub-president

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columbiariver

" Lichen, usually pronounced Like-in/Laikan, is a composite  organism where fungus associates with green algae or  cyanobacteria, which is capable of photosynthesis. This is a  symbiotic union creating unique and incredibly varied shapes and  sizes. There are over 3,600 species of lichen in North America  alone. They are very sensitive to air pollution, and are often absent  from cities."

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grantham

We have that tooo.

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grantham

@columbiariver did you know that by looking at the bark of the tree you can see if the air around you is clean.

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gjones

It's most unusual but quite pretty and artistic!

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micbrown

We have it too. The deers love it, and they use it to decorate garden pots to protect from frost.

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nej

I'm lichen it

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susieg

So pretty, like upside down Spanish moss 💕

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Naomi126

👌📸👌

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brightcolours

I love all the different #lichen in my garden. #cleanair

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columbiariver

Aw Nej, that's a good one! Keeping it light! @nej

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purplebird

@grantham how do you tell by the bark? Whether there is lichen or not? Or some other way?🤔

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grantham

@purplebird they say life long learning. Most of our trees have plaques with names on. However when they were done we were told that the white paint like spots on the bark and branches are lichens. And the whiteness shows you how healthy the environment is. A lichen is a fungus and an Alga. If you check on this photo that we are commenting on you with see the grown Lichen like a moss and the paint like spots lichen.

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