Moss and Lichen

At this time of year, the grass is brown and usually buried. Moss however continues to be visible and can be seen on trees throughout the park. Here are a few examples:

Generally seen on the north side of tree branches.

Moss, usually on the north side of tree branches.

It's a miniature world.

It’s a miniature world of moss.

 

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Moss and lichen together. Lichen prefers the north side too and they are often seen together.

Moss is a plant with the characteristics that you expect – it’s usually green and has leaves. Moss doesn’t have roots and can’t send moisture through branches like other plants. For this reason, mosses prefer damp locations. Lichen on the other hand is a partnership between fungus and algae or bacteria structured in layers and is found on every continent.

 

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