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Lichens on an old car 1
From the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, California.
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Lichens on an old car 2
From the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, California.
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Cladonia grayi growing on a discarded polyester shirt.
From Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

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Lichens on an old boot.
From Florida.
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Caloplaca sp. growing on rusty metal. The lichen seems to prefer the micro-environment of the lower areas, perhaps because they retain moisture longer.
From northern California.

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Lichens on an old steel cable.
From northern California.
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Lichens on an old car 3
From the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, California.
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Lichens on a pinecone 1
From Santa Cruz Island, California.
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Lichens on a pinecone 2
From Santa Cruz Island, California.
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Lichens on a pinecone 3
From Santa Cruz Island, California.
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Xanthoria parietina growing on the concrete wall of a house.
From Martha's Vinyard, Massachusetts.

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Staurothele aereolata growing on a fragment of ancient Anasazi pottery
From northern New Mexico.

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An old clay bowl with lichens.
From northern New Mexico.

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Close-up of lichens on an old clay bowl.
From northern New Mexico.
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Lichens on the logs of a corral
From southern British Columbia.
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Chrysothrix sp. on a wooden fence in Berkeley, California.
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Staurothele sp. on a glass bottle 1
From southern British Columbia.
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Staurothele sp. on a glass bottle 2
From southern British Columbia.
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Lichens on an old skull
From West Glacier, Montana.
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Lichens on the plastic of a car light
From the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, California.
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Lichens on the faux-leather roof (some sort of plastic) of an old Datsun sportscar, parked in the same spot for many years. On the left, probably Punctelia jeckeri; on the right, Xanthoria parietina; near the bottom, Physcia adscendens. Also what appears to be a species of Lecanora and a crust with black apothecia. From Berkeley, California.
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The lichens seem to prefer growing in the cracks more than the open rock, possibly because of increased moisture.
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Lichens on ceramic roof tiles
From southern France
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Lichen on a stone column
From France.
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Lichen on a stone building
From France.


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