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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!

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13 March, 2015

Lichen: Usnea subfloridana | Nature Notes from Dorset

As you walk by hedgerows and scrub in winter when they are denuded of leaves you surely cannot fail to notice the masses of lichen that adorn the stems and branches. Of these lichens this distinctive 'spidery' one forms great masses of bristly offshoots. It is called Usnea subfloridana.
The Usnea range of lichen are members of the fruiticose set because they produce little fruiting bodies that often look a little bit like golf tee pegs.
Usnaa subfloridana is by far the most common of the British Usnea family. 

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