Life on a Limb

Zeta threw down a lot of limbs last week.

It is always interesting to look at what has taken up residence on the dead wood of a tree.

These life forms get heavy with rain, then the wind stresses the limb to the point that gravity wins.

Here is a limb full of life.

It is covered with fungi and lichen.

The fungi here is called a jelly.

The lichens are grouped by their form.

They can be crustose, foliose of fruticose depending on whether they appear crusty, leafy of fruity.

If you would like to learn more, use the link below.

https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/beauty/lichens/gallery/index.shtml

Flow

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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