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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

This website is for the people of Dorset interested in wildlife and for people from elsewhere interested in the wildlife of Dorset!

27 January, 2012

Lichen (Placynthium nigrum)

I know lichen are an aquired taste and people in general prefer the more exotic flowers such as orchids or the more dramatic animals such as birds and I do try an enthse people with these lower organisms which are all too often over looked but I can find little say in support of Placynthium nigrum!

It is a dull, black crust that grows on hard calcarious substrates and so is very common on walls and tombstones. Apart from being black and crusty there is little else one can add really! Looking at it, it is hard to believe it is actually a living thing, it could just be some sort of powder someone dropped accidentally. However, it is a living organism and if you look at under maginifaction it is more interesting. Why not take a look?

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