Gray-green draperies of lichen hang from a coastal pine tree. Easily mistaken for old man’s beard, this scruffy lichen is found growing along the coast and in inland areas with fog. If you look close, you’ll see that the strands of lichen are composed of lacy, net-like pieces–instead of single, hair-like strands. This is lace lichen, or Ramalina menziesii.
Though it looks like old man’s beard (Usnea) and Alectoria, the presence of netting–as well as the lack of a springy central cord–are distinctive.