Resurrection Lichen
Resurrection Lichen
Several Moist
Resurrection Lichen (Xanthoparmelia semiviridis)Class: Fungi (Fungi) - Sac Fungi (Ascomycota) - Lichenised Fungi (Lecanoromycetes)
Order: Lichens (Lecanorales)
Family: Lichen (Parmeliaceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Resurrection Lichen (Xanthoparmelia semiviridis)
This Photo:     Partially Dried
Synonym: Chondropsis semiviridis

Thank you Dr Kym Nicolson for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
This is a most remarkable species, and was probably the hook that started our 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 © 2013-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 19-Jun-2013
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.