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(Cryptothecia rubrocincta)
Arthoniaceae

Lichens are unique organisms created by algae and fungi that grow together using each other to survive. This type of lichen forms a crust-like growth on the tree’s bark. Its red and green colors give the appearance of a Christmas wreath for which it has been named.

Habitat: 

Normally found in subtropical or tropical regions growing on the sides of trees, especially oaks and cypress in less dense, more open woods and swamps.

Interesting Facts: 

Because most lichens are extremely vulnerable to air pollution, their disappearance gives early warning of harmful conditions. More than 15,000 lichens
can be found in our world.

Fruit: 
N/A
Flower: 
N/A
Wildlife value: 
Lichens are eaten by some animals and used by birds for nesting materials.
Leaf type: 
N/A
Wildlife value: 

Where to find Christmas Lichen on the Louisiana State Arboretum Trails:

WAB - Walker Branch Trail 10.0

Refer to our Live Map to locate this species and its interpretative signage on the trail system.