Resurrection Lichen
Partially Dried
Green Scale
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:     🔍Several Moist🔎
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 © 2012-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 02-Jul-2012
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.