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Ramalina geniculata

Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Ascomycota
Class: Lecanoromycetes
Order: Lecanorales
Family: Ramalinaceae (Bushy Lichens)
Genus; Ramalina
Species: R. geniculata
Binomial name: Ramalina geniculata
Synonymy: Fistulariella geniculata

Ramalina geniculata belongs to the distinctive genus Ramalina which are fructose lichens. It is a tufted lichen up to 4 cm tall. Its stems are hollow and sometimes perforated. The apothecia (fruit) grow near the tips of the stems. The aprothecia are slightly dished and the inner surface is covered with a layer that bears asci (a sac in which the sexual spores are formed).

 

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