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The Living Forest (352) : Yellow Scale

The Living Forest (352) : Yellow Scale

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Mark Billiau.

World Member, region Antwerp, Belgium

The Living Forest (352) : Yellow Scale

Yellow scale is a lichen that grows in all continents on earth with exception of the polar regions.
Lichens form a nice colourful accent in the winter forest.

Just like fungi, lichens too are an interesting and fascinating aspect of nature with 25.000 species having been described and identified worldwide.

A lichen is a composite organism consisting of a fungus and a (green) alga and grows as a single individual mostly on trees (but also on bare rocks, man made walls and concrete gravestones).

In ancient Egypt, lichens were used as packing material for……. mummies !

Dutch name : Groot dooiermos
German name : Gewöhnliche Gelbflechte
Latin name : Xanthoria Parietina

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