Starting off as a grey-to-greenish lichen from the humid subtropical and tropical swamps of the American Southeast and southwards, the Christmas lichen develops an unusual and surprisingly bright pigment that becomes red or hot pink on the bark or dead wood of water-loving trees such as bald cypress. This patch was found on a cypress tree growing in the Corkscrew Swamp in Southwest Florida between Naples and Fort Myers.
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Arthoniaceae, Arthoniales, Arthoniomycetes, Ascomycota, Christmas lichen, Christmas wreath lichen, Corkscrew Swamp, Cryptothecia, Cryptothecia rubrocincta, Florida, Fungi, Herpothallon, Herpothallon rubrocinctum, SW Florida, SWFL, Southwest Florida, autumn, botany, fall, fuchsia, fungus, lichen, lichenized fungi, pink, scarlet lichen, subtropical, tropical
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