Northern Moon Shrub
(Dendriscocaulon intricatulum )
Photo by Sylvia and Stephen Sharnoff
Description: A small fruticose lichen, (usually 3-5 mm, occasionally up to 1 cm tall), brown, erect, shrubby tufts resembling a tangled brown steel wool pad or a small minute oak tree. Brownish hairs cover the paler, tannish, basal stalk.
Distribution: In California, it is found in the Northwestern California Floristic Province.
Habitat: On bark of pine, maple and oak trees, in areas of high humidity associated with coastal and interior fog.
Flowering Period: This species is not known to produce sexual or asexual reproductive structures.
Similar Plants: Leptogium teretiusculum, Polychidium contortum, Sticta oroborealis.
Status: BLM Sensitive