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Cryptogamic diversity in South Georgia

Posted by Anne D Jungblut on Mar 7, 2013 6:06:53 PM

South Georgia's flora is particularlly rich in cryptogams. While hiking across hills and mountains in South Georiga for interesting soil sampling spots, I also came across a lot of beautiful lichens. Common lichen genera were Caldonia, Usnea and Diploschistes.  There are also several fern species growing in South Georgia and hude amount of moss species, which often cover whole streams; so called "moss streams".

 

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The lichen genus Cladonia in the centre of the image


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The lichen genus Usnea

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The lichen genus Diploschistes

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The fern genus Polystichum


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Moss stream


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