|Foliose lichens such as
the one shown on a tree trunk at the right take their name from the fact that they are
vaguely similar to "foliage," or leaves. The lichen in the picture is
about six inches (15 cm) across.
When foliose lichens such as the one at the left mature, reproductive "cups" form in the center. These cups, called apothecia (singular apothecium), are provided by the fungal part of the lichen, so it's no accident that they look like the fruiting structure of a sac, or cup, fungus.
At the right is another foliose lichen, this one on a tree twig. The whole picture covers an area about three inches across (8 cm). In this species, the fruiting bodies, instead of being tiny cups, appear at the curled edges of the lichen body.
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