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we stopped briefly in Tumwater, WA for lunch. at this picnic spot we saw a few interesting lichens growing on the trees there. one of which, pictured here, is called horsehair lichen (and felt as much), and was a very dark hue (i would say black) that very much resembled witch's hair. i put it under the same genus of lichen, but they say it's very difficult to distinguish species within the genus Alectoria.

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Witch's Hair Lichens - Photo (c) Richard Droker, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
akumar's ID: Witch's Hair Lichens (Genus Alectoria)
Posted by akumar about 3 years ago (Flag)
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Hi - It does have the common name "horsehair lichens", but this is a species of Bryoria, which is a pretty good guess whenever you see a filamentous lichen this dark. Species of Alectoria in the US are (all but one) a pale yellow-green.

Posted by tom_carlberg over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Witch's Hair Lichens - Photo (c) Richard Droker, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
akumar's ID: Witch's Hair Lichens (Genus Alectoria)
Parmeliaceae - Photo (c) Cody Hough, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
Community ID: Family Parmeliaceae, a member of Sac Fungi (Phylum Ascomycota)
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