Sunday 20 December 2020


    I have always been fascinated by the unusual appearance of Lungwort, (Lobaria pulmonaria).  It grows on trees in our moist northern forests.  It got its name because of all its surface depressions that  look like lungs, and like so many folk medicines; if it looks like something, it must be a medicine for that thing.  In lungwort’s case that meant being used for tuberculosis and lung diseases.  

    BC’s First Nations people called the lichen “Toad’s Blanket” because its texture reminded them of the skin of a toad.

    Lungwort likes it moist and is always looking its best during damp weather.  Yesterday when I saw it highlighted by the sun, I had to take the photo.

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