Pink Earth Lichen – 5/11/20

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/11/20

Observation Time: 9:40 a.m.

Observation Location: near Gavins Pond

Common Name: Pink earth lichen

Scientific Name: Dibaeis baeomyces

Comments: This lichen is found throughout eastern North America, from Alabama and Georgia in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north. While rare there, it does occur in both Alaska and the Northwest Territories. It prefers to grow directly on unstable soils such as loose sand or dry clay, and in full sun. It also prefers acid soils to neutral or alkaline. On disturbed ground, a preferred habitat type, it is able to spread quickly for a lichen.

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