Prehistoric Plants

For such a warm, sunny part of the world, I am surprised at the amount of lichen and moss everywhere. Shrubs, trees and hedges are all covered with thick tufts of lichen which make me think more of prehistoric jungles than south west France, and stone walls are often thick with moss. I am no expert on lichens, but a brief bit of internet research suggests these tufty coverings may be Ramalina farinacea or similar.

Ramalina farinacea

Ramalina farinacea

It does make for some beautiful images, and along with the moss gives an other-worldly feel to certain woodland paths and trails.

Lichen covered blackthorn hedge

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