It is all in the pronunciation....
anyway.... no matter how you say it...
lichens, and mosses for that matter...are a lovely macro photography subject.
These are just a few from here.... and there....
|Physcia leptalea Lichen.... with thanks to Susan Walter for the ID|
|Lichens are first colonisers... the mix of fungus and algae allow them to get a foothold on bare rock....|
|This is one of the so called "Stag's Horn" lichens... along with a yellow Xanthoria species or similar.|
|Physcia leptalea Lichen.... along with another type of Xanthoria species or similar|
|Also, lichens look different in dry or wet conditions.... this, and the following one are one and the same....|
a Lecanora species... this is when it was wet
|... and this after it had dried out!|
|These are more "Stag's Horn" lichen... taken looking up a tree in the Brenne|
|This is another Xanthoria species or similar lichen, growing with moss... possibly a Hypnum species.|
Where lichens lead, mosses follow!
|And, if it is damp enough.... along with the mosses, come Liverworts... |
this is a Marchantia species... often called Birds Nest Liverwort
And in 2016, it was discovered that lichens are not the symbiotic relationship between an algae and a fungi.... no, indeedy....
it is a relationship between two different groups of fungi... and an algae! See here.