Category Archives: Moss/Lichen

Lichen Bluff

Visitors to the Prairie Garden Trust are always surprised to see rocky bluffs and steep hillsides. We call this Lichen Bluff because is is covered with some fabulous lichen. In the background is Hillers Creek valley. I took this picture … Continue reading

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I Like Lichen!

Crustose Lichen This morning when I was taking a walk I noticed that the wind had knocked a board off the side of the barn at the PGT.  When I went to pick it up I saw that the 100-year … Continue reading

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Morel Season

Found my first Morel today. I’m notoriously bad at finding them. I can miss them when they are right at my feet; so I suspect they’ve been around for a couple weeks. This particular morel was in the Ash Woods … Continue reading

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Big Red Mushrooms

Big Red False Morel, Gyromitra caroliniana Tonight we found 5 Big Red mushrooms in the South-40 Woods. One of them was 8-inches across. The new MDC book “Missouri Wild Mushrooms” describes them as “Reddish-brown, convoluted, brain-like cap with whitish stalk … Continue reading

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Moss Gardens

Large Moss-covered Rocks along Hillers Creek Adding a moss garden is one of the ideas we are considering for the PGT. We’ve seen excellent examples of moss gardens at two of our favorite gardens: Bloedel Reserve and Mt. Cuba. Fortunately … Continue reading

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Reindeer Moss

Reindeer Moss, (Cladonia rangiferina) Walk 15-minutes from the PGT Center to The Point and you will find large areas of the ground covered by Reindeer Moss. Reindeer Moss is actually not a moss at all but a lichen. I’ve read … Continue reading

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Environmental Monitoring with Lichens

Crustose Lichen on hickory bark Look closely at the trees around you. Do you see lichen? If not it may be because you are breathing polluted air. Irwin Brodo writes in Lichens of North America: “Undoubtedly, the most important modern … Continue reading

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British Soldiers

British Soldiers, (Cladonia cristatella) This attractive lichen gets it’s name for the little red “caps” which resemble the red hats worn by the British troops during the American Revolutionary war. The red hats are actually the sexual fruiting structure of … Continue reading

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Puffballs

Puffballs Fall is typically one of the best times of the year to find mushrooms at the PGT. Not this year! Mushrooms need moisture and even though we have had a wet year, we are ending the year very dry. … Continue reading

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Lichens and Mosses

Lichens and Moss off the edge of The Savanna If you explore the steep slopes along Hillers Creek you will find areas that are carpeted with lichens and moss. I like to get down on my hands and knees and … Continue reading

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