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Pixie-Cup Lichen

July 15, 2013 by  

Pixie-Cup Lichen, Pixie Cup Lichen, Cladonia pyxidata, grows on the forest floor, typically on logs or at the base of trees. Like other lichen, it is a symbiotic relationship between algae and a fungus. The algae provide nutrients with their chlorophyll, and are protected from drying by the fungus. The cup may act as a spore dispersal mechanism when hit by raindrops.

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