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Usnea lapponica Vain.

Powdered beard lichen, Lapland beard lichen

KingdomFungiMushrooms, lichens, gel fungi, yeasts, and molds; also called eukaryotes
DivisionAscomycotaSac fungi
SubdivisionPezizomycotinaSac fungi with filaments
ClassLecanoromycetes“Lichenized” fungi
OrderLecanoralesMostly lichen-forming fungi
FamilyParmeliaceaeIncludes many common lichens such as Xanthoparamelia, Usnea, Parmotrema, and Hypotrachyna
GenusUsneaFrom Arabic Ushnah, “lichen,” which was translated to Latin by Ebubekir Muhammed bin Zekeriya Razi

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Identification: Beard lichens are difficult to identify without chemical tests, so the photos at right may not be correct IDs.

Online References:

The Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria

Stephen Sharnoff Photography


Wisconsin Mushrooms


Walewski, Joe, Lichens of the North Woods, Kollath+Stensaas Publishing, 2007, p. 137

Usnea lapponica (powdered beard lichen, Lapland beard lichen)

4/3/2010 · Birch Point Beach State Park, Owl’s Head, Maine
≈ 32 × 23" (82 × 57 cm) ID is uncertain

Usnea laracina Vain. ex Rasanen

Usnea sorediifera sensu Mot.


Usnea lapponica description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 17 Aug 2021.

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