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Usnea florida (Beard lichen)

Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Ascomycota
Class: Lecanoromycetes
Order: Lecanorales
Family: Parmeliaceae
Genus: Usnea
Species: U. florida
Binominial name: Usnea florida
Common name: Old man's beard, Beard lichen

Usnea florida is a common lichen seen hanging from branches or lying on the ground were it has fallen off branches. It is a pale greyish-green fruticose lichen that grow like leafless mini-shrubs anchored on bark or twigs. Unlike other similar-looking fruticose lichens this species have an elastic chord or axis running through the middle of the thallus making the branches flexible. Other similar species like those in the genus Alectoria whose branches will snap off.

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