Plant ID forum: Moss, lichens etc ID

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Name: Steve
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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Steve_1
Jan 23, 2017 1:23 PM CST
These are hanging on trees in my area, and occasionally I find some growing on rocks, decayed wood etc. Not sure what their classification might be but they are kind of interesting to play with, and can they be propagated with the right conditions?
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Gogobotanist
Jan 23, 2017 1:48 PM CST
Lichens are a symbiotic relationship between multiple fungi and algae, and I imagine they can be propagated much like many mosses, whipped up in a buttermilk solution and sprayed onto your substrate. I've read they don't like metallic surfaces.
Name: Steve
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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Steve_1
Jan 23, 2017 2:05 PM CST
I do recall seeing a similar recipe with buttermilk and even a yogurt solution sprayed on a surface to grow them on.. Thank you for your info.
Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Jan 23, 2017 3:19 PM CST
FYI:
Lichens cannot generally be transplanted.
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/...

Starting a new colony as previously suggested, would be the way to go.

Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
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Metrosideros
Jan 23, 2017 5:13 PM CST
Looks like Cladonia rangiferina, Reindeer Lichen.

https://species.wikimedia.org/...

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