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How Old Is This Lichen

Zone Kent | dominicj added on December 29, 2011 | Answered

I am trying to work out how old the lichen is in this manhole cover.  I have uploaded some photos here:

https://picasaweb. google.com/dominicjjohnson/20110119#5691534754525267090

https://picasaweb. google.com/dominicjjohnson/20110119#5691534782205927986

Do you think that there is any chance that the grass and lichen/moss could be as little as 6 months old. Many thanks in advance for any opinions/advice you can offer.

Kind regards,

Dominic

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Heather
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Answered on January 2, 2012

Well, it is hard to say as I can't say exactly what kind of moss it is. But, moss typically likes cool but not cold conditions, shade, moisture and acidic growing surface. There are varieties that are different, but 9 out of 10 times, a variety of moss will like these conditions. Moss is unlikely to have grown in cold winter, but if where that moss is was grown gets only mild winters, it would be possible.

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Heather
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Answered on December 31, 2011

I am not certain how old the moss is, but it appears to be a small colony and could certainly be younger than 6 months. A colony like that, in the right conditions, could appear in as little as a month.

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dominicj
Answered on January 1, 2012

Hi
Many thanks for reply.
What would be considered the right conditions? I should have said but this photo was taken in January. Would the right conditions have been the summer?
Does moss grow in Winter?
Many thanks in advance
Dominic

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