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Ramalina (Genus)

Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Ascomycota
Class: Lecanoromycetes
Order: Lecanorales
Family: Ramalinaceae
Genus: Ramalina
Common name: Strap lichens, Cartilage lichens

Ramalina is a genus of greenish, fruticose lichens that grow in the form of flattened, strap-like branches or in a bush like form. They can be erect, prostrate, subpendent or pendant, usually attached by a basal holdfast. Most of this genus grow on trees, fence posts and telegraph poles, a few grow on rocks. They can be a dull green, whitish or dull yellow colour. The usually grow in full or moderate sunlight and can not be found in deep forests.

Photo of an epiphytic, bushy shaped Ramalina lichen that had fallen out of a branch of a Podocarpus totara (Lowland totara).




A Ramalina with flattened, strap-like branches 

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