Monday, February 28, 2011

Bryoria - Edible Black Tree Lichen

Filled with envy, I've been watching my southern friends posting about their emerging spring plants. To add insult to injury we just got another 6 inches of snow in the past two days with more on the way.

However, even though the ground is still covered in several feet of snow, there are still plants to be found!

On a recent walk Xavier and I were tracking a cougar near our cabin and found bryoria, or black tree lichen growing in the trees. You can watch the video below to learn about this plentiful plant - and see our blustering northern weather.