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Maritime Sunburst Lichen - Xanthoria parietina Habitat: Growing on a lighthouse along the Maine coast Common orange lichen,Geotagged,Maritime Sunburst Lichen,Summer,United States,Xanthoria parietina,lichen Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Maritime Sunburst Lichen - Xanthoria parietina

Habitat: Growing on a lighthouse along the Maine coast

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  1. Gorgeous! Posted 9 months ago
    1. Thanks! This lichen is really common on the Maine coast, but it was new-ish to me. This lighthouse (I forget the name!) is really famous for artists, photographers, and tourists. There was a group of people taking pictures of the ocean and lighthouse, but I was busy taking macros of the lichens ;P. Posted 9 months ago
      1. I think the general public hardly has any awareness regarding lichens, to even recognize them as a life form. Posted 9 months ago
        1. Very true. Many people scrape and wash them off their rocks, etc. because they assume they are bad... Posted 9 months ago

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Xanthoria parietina is a foliose, or leafy, lichen. It has wide distribution, and many common names such as common orange lichen, yellow scale, maritime sunburst lichen and shore lichen. It can be found near the shore on rocks or walls (hence the epithet parietina meaning "on walls"), and also on inland rocks, walls, or tree bark. It was chosen as a model organism for genomic sequencing (planned in 2006) by the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (JGI). In the past it was used as a remedy.. more

Similar species: Teloschistales
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Jan 14, 2019. Captured Sep 5, 2018 13:50 in 211 Two Lights Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/2.8
  • 1/128s
  • ISO200
  • 100mm