What are lichens?
Lichens are plant like organisms consisting of symbiotic association of algae and fungi.
These organisms can colonize a wide variety of surfaces, commonly found on tree barks, exposed rocks or soil crust.
We use lichens for food, medicine and dye and they help in nitrogen fixation.
Lichens are also said to be a good indicator of pollution. (lichens absorb pollutants)
Used as a flavoring agent, as a perfume, used in sunscreen creams,
The can have a variety of colors ranging from yellow, orange, green, gray and brown.
What is life to a lichen?
“It is easy to overlook this thought that life just is.
As humans we are inclined to feel that life must have a point. We have plans and aspirations and desires. We want to take constant advantage of all the intoxicating existence we’ve been endowed with.
But what’s life to a lichen?
Yet its impulse to exist, to be, is every bit as strong as ours—arguably even stronger.
If I were told that I had to spend decades being a furry growth on a rock in the woods, I believe I would lose the will to go on.
Lichens don’t. Like virtually all living things, they will suffer any hardship, endure any insult, for a moment’s additional existence.
Life, in short, just wants to be”
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