The unexpectedly weird and beautiful world of lichens

The unexpectedly weird and beautiful world of lichens

Lichens are not what you think they are. Not plant, not fungus — they are one of a kind.

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 Lichens grow among the fall-colored leaves of dwarf birch in the tundra landscape above the Arctic Circle, showing both the diverse beauty and amazing survival instincts of these organisms. (Photo: Gregory A. Pozhvanov/Shutterstock)

Lichen is something we commonly see growing on rocks or tree branches, on old wood fences and rotting stumps. But how often do you stop to really ponder lichens? Probably not often. And yet lichens are surprisingly fascinating … and weird … and beautiful! Read more.