Resurrection Lichen
Partially Dried
Salmon Flakes
Resurrection Lichen (Xanthoparmelia semiviridis)Class: Fungi (Fungi) - Sac Fungi (Ascomycota) - Lichenised Fungi (Lecanoromycetes)
Order: Lichens (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), and elsewhere
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 a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.