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PlantFiles How-to's: Lichens too :o} ?

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

February 5, 2008
4:48 PM

Post #4498401

Hope I'm not a nuisance in asking if Lichens could also be added in the Category list ?

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


February 5, 2008
4:53 PM

Post #4498414

Can we combine mosses & lichens into one category?
bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

February 5, 2008
5:12 PM

Post #4498478

Sure! That would be fine. Thanks!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 5, 2008
5:19 PM

Post #4498512

Best not to - mosses are more closely related to flowering plants, than they are to lichens. They're in different kingdoms!

Resin

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


February 5, 2008
5:32 PM

Post #4498559

That's an excellent point, and I'm red-faced I didn't raise that objection myself. (I knew there was a reason we had shied away from lichens in PlantFiles in the past ;o)
bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

February 5, 2008
5:37 PM

Post #4498574

Resin, you made a good point! But then do Lichens belong to the same kingdom as the Fungi ? I know that these are not considered to be plants!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 5, 2008
6:53 PM

Post #4498882

Lichens are a symbiotic combination of alga and fungus, so in theory, they fall into two different groups in one go. Not sure how their formal classification works out! Try checking the Tolweb site:
http://www.tolweb.org/Life_on_Earth/1
http://www.tolweb.org/Eukaryotes/3

What could be grouped with mosses is liverworts, they are fairly close (I think! - best check!!)

Resin
bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

February 5, 2008
11:12 PM

Post #4499780

Thanks Resin, I do understand (feel intuitively) that liverworts are closer to the plant kingdom...and not the lichens I feel are more closely related to the fungi world...

But, alas I think the scientifical nomenclature used in the sites is beyond me...


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