Lichen – December “Pinelands Plant Of The Month”

Lichens, seen frequently in the Pine Barrens, are composite, symbiotic organisms. They are made up of members of two to three different kinds of organisms: fungi, algae and/or cyanobacteria (bacteria with chlorophyll). Each colony is a relatively self-contained miniature ecosystem where additional random microorganisms can also be found. The dominant partner is the fungus. Since Read More…