One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey Folks, this is a bit of stretch for being local. This photo came to us from one of our field correspondents in the mountains of West Virginia. It is a native plant and somewhat appropriate for what we’re seeing in the neighborhood this season.

Mystery #35

Give me a guess on the low grayish plant in the center.

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It’s reindeer lichen! The plant got its name either because of the branching like structure of its growth which reminded humans of antlers, or because deer eat it. I couldn’t get a straight answer, but it’s a fun one to know.

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