Lichen and moss

Lichen and moss

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Caption: Lichen and moss growing on a bamboo trunk (family Gramineae. Lichens (white, grey and dark greens) are symbiotic organisms formed of a fungus and an alga that mutually benefit one another. The alga is contained within the hyphae (filaments) of the fungus. They are therefore protected from harsh conditions, and in particular from dessication. The alga supplies the fungus with nutrients that it makes by photosynthesis. Lichens are usually found growing on stones and the bark of trees. Mosses (light green) are primitive plants that lack true roots, woody tissue and flowers. Photographed in the Amazon rainforest, Ecuador.

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