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Script Lichen- Graphis scripta Habitat: Hardwood tree in a mixed forest Geotagged,Graphis scripta,United States,Winter,graphis,lichen,script lichen Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. Such an intriguing species! I've revisited your earlier photo of it....

    Script Lichen A crustose lichen whose elongated fruiting bodies resemble scribbles or writing on the bark of trees.  Geotagged,Graphis scripta,Script Lichen,United States,Winter,crustose lichen,graphis,lichen

    ...many times. It's just universally puzzling in a way that although you know the patterns have no human meaning, it still triggers you into cave mode, trying to decipher it.
    Posted 5 months ago, modified 5 months ago
    1. I agree! I always stop to admire them in the woods. The patterns are so variable, but always beautiful and intriguing. Posted 5 months ago

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''Graphis scripta'' is a crustose lichen in the Graphidaceae family. It is commonly called script lichen, secret writing lichen, or similar names, because its growth pattern makes it looks like writing. ''Stigmidium microspilum'' and ''Arthonia graphidicola'' are associated lichenicolous fungi. It is variable with either curved or stellate apothecia. The margins are carbonaceous and raised, without furrows. Mature spores are without color, but become brown with age.

Similar species: Ostropales
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Jan 13, 2020. Captured Jan 12, 2020 12:57 in 91 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm