Lichen: A New Episode from Your Central Florida Yard

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Lichens, what are those?

In this episode of Your Central Florid Yard, learn how to recognize lichens in the landscape and what exactly lichen are doing on your tree or even a garden bench or fence post.

A new episode out now from Your Central Florida Yard

Your Central Florida Yard, a podcast from UF/IFAS Extension Polk County has a new episode on lichen. Listen to it on Spotify (below) or where ever you listen to podcasts.


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Your garden checklist

For this episode get outside and see if you can spot any lichens in your yard.  Remember, when you see them in the garden, whether on a tree branch or garden bench, lichens are not harmful to the plants they are found on and actually benefit us by absorbing pollutants in the air. Take a closer look and you will start to notice the different forms, colors, and sizes as well. Learn to love your lichens!

Learn moreGreen lichen on tree branches in the garden

For more information, contact UF/IFAS Extension Polk County at (863) 519-1041 or visit us online at The Plant Clinic is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm to answer your gardening and landscaping questions. Give us a call or email us at

If you are not in Polk County, Contact your local UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Clinic.

The Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Program is a volunteer-driven program that benefits UF/IFAS Extension and the citizens of Florida. The program extends the vision of the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, all the while protecting and sustaining natural resources and environmental systems, enhancing the development of human resources, and improving the quality of human life through the development of knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources and making that knowledge accessible.

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Posted: January 12, 2024

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Home Landscapes
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