Observation 69250: Letharia vulpina (L.) Hue

Notes:
Found above 3200 Ft. elevation on Ponderosa and other mountain conifers.

Also commonly called Wolf lichen(because it was historically used in Europe as a poison to kill wolves) this beautiful fruticose lichen looks like a flourescent yellow-green usnea from a far distance. Used as a salve for bruising in some cultures as well.

Poisonous if eaten- however Blackfoot and other native American tribes historically concocted a medicinal tea from it.

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