Lichens


One of my favorite blogs  is New Hampshire Garden Solutions, wonderful pictures and descriptions. This week in a comment, NHGS stated that in the Fitzwilliam Cemetery there will must be many interesting lichens. To which I responded something to the effect, “Let me guess, lichens are little people.”

Good thing I subscribe to the Oxford English Dictionary. I looked up lichens and found that lichens are;

One of a class of cellular cryptogamic plants, often of a green, grey, or yellow tint, which grow on the surface of rocks, trees, etc. According to the modern theory, now generally accepted, the lichen is a fungus parasitic upon an algal, whose form is somewhat modified by the influence of the parasite.

So in effect I guess I was right. I will walk more carefully.

1789   E. Darwin Bot. Garden II. ii. 29   Where frowning Snowden bends his dizzy brow..Retiring lichen climbs the topmost stone.

5 thoughts on “Lichens

  1. Carole Webber November 26, 2013 / 12:31 pm

    Silly me, I thought lichens were formed by acid rain on tombstones as that is where I see them.

    • fictionfitz November 26, 2013 / 5:41 pm

      Do you think? I will be looking all over. At least there I am not likely to walk on them. Haven’t yet.

  2. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist November 26, 2013 / 3:04 pm

    Dictionaries are great things aren’t they. I’m pretty sure from memory that they only occur where the atmosphere is good so if you are around them you know you are breathing healthy air. (but I could be wrong- my memory isn’t what it used to be:)

    • fictionfitz November 26, 2013 / 5:40 pm

      It sounds pretty good to me, the memory.

  3. New Hampshire Garden Solutions November 26, 2013 / 6:43 pm

    You weren’t far off the mark-lichens exposed to the vacuum of space for 15 days grew just fine when they were brought back to earth, and many believe that the first earth based life forms to colonize another planet will be lichens. Some stone loving lichens grow well on gravestones as long as the air isn’t polluted. Thanks for the mention.

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