Orange-Cup Lichen

a foliose lichen with orange fruiting bodies among many lichens on a tree branch, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in scrub habitat on a tree branch. Mweiga, Nyeri County, Kenya, Dec 2015.

The orange saucers on this lichen are the fruiting bodies, referred to a apothecia. From these structures spores will be released. Hyphae (fungal fibers) carry with the spores the symbiotic algae that allow the fungus to exploit sunlight for energy.

Parmeliaceae -- a family of Lichenized Fungi

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Kenya Natural History

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