moreton bay figs

Fruticose lichen growing from a tip of bark. Blue Mountains NP, Sydney.

I realised late last week that I had forgotten to upload the last two micrographs! Dreadfully sorry; I was preparing my first 40-minute speech ever for the Australian Plants Society, who funded part of my Honours work on the genetic contamination of the Moreton Bay fig (Ficus macrophylla). I couldn’t be more pleased with how the talk went, and that speech also marks the beginning of my PhD. It was a good week!

2015 03 28: Derp! I re-read this post and noticed that I had described this as foliose lichen. It’s actually fruticose. They, umm, sound the same, so I typed foliose while thinking fruticose.

Something quirky that I stumbled across this morning, a Leaf Curling Spider trying to build a web. The only problem was that it was trying to build it from a very tall Moreton Bay Fig Tree.

The end result was this image. It’s an image of a half curled up leaf, which the spider normally hides inside of, hanging by a single thread of spider silk

The leaf is dangling in the wind, spinning around, with the spider hanging on. The huge tree is in the background.