|Class:||Fungi (Fungi) - Sac Fungi (Ascomycota) - Lichenised Fungi (Lecanoromycetes)|
|Family:||Lichen (Parmeliaceae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Resurrection Lichen (Xanthoparmelia semiviridis)|
|This Photo:||Partially Dried|
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 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!