Lichen Books & Guides – A List with Reviews

Crustose, Foliose, & Fruticose Lichens on Dogwood, Vinton County, Ohio

Lichens are fascinating organisms that cover 6-8 % of the land surface of the Earth, yet they are unknown to most people. There are more than 500 kinds of lichen found in Ohio, and over 4,000 lichen species have been described in North America.

The photo above shows a section of the trunk of a dogwood tree, covered with at least four species of lichens, in a garden in Vinton County, Ohio. How can we figure out the identity of each of the lichens shown in the photo?

The photo below shows the front covers of 9 of the best technical books and field guides currently available to help you learn about lichens and how to identify them.         

If you would like to learn more about lichens, review a copy of each of the books shown above, and meet some of Ohio’s most knowledgeable lichen (and moss) experts, you are welcome to join us at the annual meeting of the Ohio Moss and Lichen Association (OMLA), which is being held this Saturday, February 15, from 10: am to 3:00 pm in the Education Center at The Dawes Arboretum, located in central Ohio about 6 miles south of Newark on OH-13. There are no formal programs planned, just our annual business meeting, but you’ll meet some of Ohio’s lichen experts, learn more about lichens, and a short stroll will reveal several kinds of lichens growing on trees near the Education Center. The weather forecast on Saturday in the Newark area is for partly sunny skies and a high of around 40 degrees, which is quite pleasant for mid-February.

You can read and/or download a copy of my 13-page review, Lichen Books & Guides, from the lichens section of the OMLA website.     


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