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Pixie Cup Lichen
Comments(4) # Pixie Cup Lichen london e17

Time for a strange one I think. These Pixie Cup Lichens are less than half an inch high and easily overlooked when they're growing amongst the grass like these specimens are. Like all lichens they're not one organism but a symbiotic relationship between a plant and a fungi and this cup like structure is the fruiting body which holds the fungal spores before release to the environment by means of rain drops. The algal cells are entwined within the fungal hyphae. Canon EOS 40D
150 mm
400 ISO
1/200 sec
f 11
Flash: Fired