Fungi and lichens
Small treasures of nature
Growing on tree trunks, this fungus
displays a rich brown color. But the tree suffers, bleeding resin which
weeps onto the cocoa-brown surface.
Another fungus that grows on dead
This lichen is very small. The red
tops measure less than one millimeter.
The shrub provides support for the
lichen. At the same time, the lichen captures water from the coastal mist,
causing droplets to fall to the ground, irrigating the shrub. This is the
only water source for most of the year in this nearly rainless area.
Old man's beard
This lichen also uses the tree only
as support, without damaging it.
A tiny lichen that grows layer by
layer, building up large balls of organic matter on otherwise infertile
terrain. Only the outermost layer of these balls is alive! Desert nomads
often use Llareta as fuel, pushing it close to extinction in most areas.
Such a ball takes a very long time to form!
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