Tree of Life

My sister and I found all these different life forms growing on and in one old tree.

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This tiny pine was growing ten feet up between branches.
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The hole in the trunk was full of cobwebs and one lovely white mushroom.
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This mushroom was deep inside the hole in the trunk.
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Lichens and mosses covered the old bark.
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This huge bracket fungi was up about twelve feet high on the trunk.
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Small plants nestled around its roots.
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This dried up lichen looked like leaves.

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It was like a treasure hunt.

This tree is a treasure.

FLOWER

 

Liken’ a Lichen

I love plants and fungi.

So how could I not like a lichen? It is both plant(algae) and fungi.

This is called symbiosis.

I hate to admit that I picked this up, stuck it in the pocket of my coat and forgot about it.

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Later, I reached in and found this dried up wad.

Amazingly, it plumped back up when I put a few drops of water on it.

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I chopped it into pieces to put under the microscope.

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Cross-section
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Fruiting body. Looks like a tiny cup.

 

Do not worry about its survival. All the pieces are happily growing in one of the terrariums.

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