Byssoid lichen

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A byssoid lichen[1] is a lichen with a wispy growth form, having the appearance of teased wool.[2] Coenogonium implexum is a byssoid lichen.[2]

Byssoid lichens are of two types, those where the cottony structure is dominated by photobiont filaments (e.g., Trentepohlia), and those where fungal hyphae make up the cottony form, with the hyphae having typically coccoid photobionts among them.[3]


  1. ^ "Byssoid" means "flax-like" or "silk-like", from the Greek βύσσος (f.), flax (Linum angustifolium, Linum usitatissimum), Indian cotton (Gossypium herbaceum), silk; Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, Henry Stuart Jones, A Greek-English Lexicon, 9th edition, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1940, p. 334
  2. ^ a b What is a lichen?, Australian National Botanical Garden, [1]
  3. ^ A NEW BYSSOID LICHEN GENUS FROM TASMANIA, Gintaras KANTVILAS, Lichenologist 28(3): 229–237 (1996), [2] Archived 2014-10-28 at the Wayback Machine