Resurrection Lichen
Partially Dried
Ellura
Salmon Flakes
 
    
Resurrection Lichen (Xanthoparmelia semiviridis)Class: Fungus (Fungi) - Sac Fungus (Ascomycota) - Lichenised Fungus (Lecanoromycetes)
Order: Lichen (Lecanorales)
Family: Lichen (Parmeliaceae)
Species: Resurrection Lichen (Xanthoparmelia semiviridis)
This Photo:     Several Moist
Synonym: Chondropsis semiviridis

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
This is a most remarkable species, and was probably the hook that started my interest in wildlife.
During the dry, this looks like dried up leaf litter scattered on the ground. It's very light and gets blown around by the wind.
You'd swear it's dead, but then add water (rain) and your specimen will magically come back to life, softening & greening up!

Copyright © 2012- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 02-Jul-2012
This species is an Australian Native Species