Rock in woodlands with covering on it ?

tomasincasSeptember 10, 2008

Does anyone know if this is a moss or letch type of thing growing on the rock.It seems to have a strange pattern almost like it was painted on. Tom in Pa.The first photo is of the rock and the second a closer look at the markings

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ladyslppr(z6 PA)

I think this is some type of lichen. I think it will grow larger and be more obviously a lichen, but it may grow very slowly.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2008 at 6:48PM
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You can see how beautiful designs like this in nature would inspire art and fabric design and lots of other things.

I agree, I think it is a very slow growing lichen.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2008 at 7:02AM
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ladyslppr and esh ga, thanks for the follow ups ,yes it may bee a slow grower,,I wonder if there is a web site to show similar lichen,if you ever find one please let me know.I was wondering if the dark green is the newer part or the lighter green,anyways thanks..Tom in Pa.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2008 at 10:14PM
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esofva(7b VA)

It is a lichen. The dark green is probably a moss. The lighter edges are where other things can't grow due to the enzymes in the lichen.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2008 at 5:35PM
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