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Lookout for 2007 - deer lichen related images

The picture above is a detail of a photo of a small clump of deer lichen by a Woody Goldenrod seedling. See small or medium versions.

flyerPoster for local Deer Lichen. PDF or JPEG (web graphic)

red partsLichen called deer moss, with red parts. Sometimes called "British Soldiers" but probably Jester lichen (Cladonia leporina).

Images at deer lichen site5.1

Patchwork site3.3, Healthy and Crushed site3.3a

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The following images are of plants found with or near deer lichen.

seedums Along the path to the deer lichen site 2.2 there is a ground cover. In this picture, the tiny plants poke up through a dead saw palmetto leaf. See medium, large, or full versions.

Photograph along a nearby bike path, large version.

tiny bluesOn disturbed nearby locations wildflowers spring up. These tiny blue flowers are along the bike path near Deer Lake. See small or medium versions.

water plantWater plants in nearby Eastern Lake. Gray or green-gold versions. From CBA (Choctowhatchee Bay Association), via Florida LAKEWATCH, comes this information: The plants in the pictures look like Widgeon Grass (Ruppia spp.), the species I am used to is Ruppia maritima, but there is also Ruppia cirrhosa (Spiral ditchgrass). The number of coils in the pictures makes me think these are R. cirrhosa, but usually it is found inland and west of the Mississippi. The spiraling parts of the plants are the peduncle (the stalk that the flower/inflorescence forms on). It’s common for these stalks to be coiled, I think it is an adaptation to aid in the flowers remaining above the water surface despite variations in water depth (works like a bungee cord). Ruppia spp. can be found in brackish, marine or highly alkaline waters worldwide. It is considered a valuable submersed aquatic plant because waterfowl (hence the common name) will feed on them. I would suggest that it is a good plant to have in the lake and haven’t heard of them causing problems from over abundance.

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