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"Bushy Beard Lichen"

These two branches of Usnea strigossa have so much interest for so little color.  The lichens do not affect the branches at all.  A lichen is a composite organism that arises from algae or cyanobacteria living among filaments of multiple fungi species in a mutualistic relationship.  One absorbs water from the air and the other provides obtains the needed carbon dioxide from the air.  The twig is simply a support.

This painting is currently part of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society Members' Exhibit.

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