..this made me realize that I knew "next to nothing" about "Lichen" (but Wikipedia is my friend! ;-)
What an interesting... concept! (and what a fascinating, well-written Wiki article, I simply had to quote a big junk... :)
Lichens are symbiotic associations of a fungus (the mycobiont) with a photosynthetic partner (the photobiont also known as the phycobiont) that can produce food for the lichen from sunlight. The photobiont is usually either green alga or cyanobacterium. A few lichens are known to contain yellow-green algae or, in one case, a brown alga. Some lichens contain both green algae and cyanobacteria as photobionts; in these cases, the cyanobacteria symbiont component may specialize in fixing atmospheric nitrogen for metabolic use.
You always enrich Panoramio by creating such links, Ian. This wet and windy environment has allowed such lichen to embalm every coconut tree in the plantation.
This lichen, like coconuts, is very salt tolerant, for there is high levels of sea spray filling the air, for the Pacific Swell pounds into 'Eua's face on the edge of the Australian Tectonic plate.
Thanks again, Ian.
Yan & Ian! What a team we make: you put up "such photos" and I take care of creating "such links"... Think we might be on to something ?!? :))
And I agree that we should sustain this creative partnership, including its various unexpected twists and surprises that you inject from time to time, bartwoian.
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Photo taken in Liku Road, Fatumu, Tonga
Misplaced? Suggest new location