Growing on loose sand at the side of a dirt road, in a scrub oak barrens.
Planning on sending specimen to NYBG.


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By: Pete Woods (pwoods)
2011-11-23 21:02:12 CST (-0500)

This photo was taken on a Canon S3. A good all-purpose camera with great macro capabilities and a good zoom, without weighing too much and cheap enough to take into deep wetlands.

James Lendemer at the New York Botanical Gardens has been doing lichen surveys across Pennsylvania for several years. He told me he was interested in receiving samples from any ecologically unusual habitats. The pitch pine and scrub oak habitats in the deep sand at the Slaughtering Ground Barrens in Clinton County are a rare habitat in Pennsylvania. I was helping with a year-long intensive invertebrate sampling project there, run by the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program and the Carnegie Museum, and I collected all the lichens I could find, to add to our knowledge of the area. This is the only sample I could put a name on. I am just beginning with lichens, and I am not likely to do anywhere near a complete survey of the lichens here, but if this habitat holds an unusual assemblage of lichens, I might find enough that James will get interested and come do a better survey.

Great opener!
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2011-11-23 08:36:04 CST (-0500)

What camera did you use? Please post the results or communication with NYBG on MO. Do you mind sharing the name of your contact and what you hope to accomplish?