Dennis made me laugh hard as I turned around and got this view of him. Its a lichen mustache..I believe it is Bryoria fremontii which is common at the sites, it is also culturally significant. Native people of the Rookies used this lichen as a winter food staple and as an emergency food. Cooked with wild onions, roots and bulbs and dried into cakes then boiled with berries roots or meat. It is also an important winter food staple for Native wildlife. The fungus is some kind of Ascomycota and I think it is a jelly fungus, sometimes called deadmans fingers. It was nice lichen and fungus kinda day.


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