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ALSO CALLED: [“Gray horsehair lichen”; syn. Alectoria capillaris, Alectoria setacea, Alectoria implexa]
USES: Paint (Haisla and Hanaksiala)
The Haisla and Hanaksiala burned this lichen into a black powder and then used it to make wood paint (Compton 1993).
Bryoria capillaris contains alectorialic and barbatolic acid, and may also contain alectoronic acid, atranorin, norstictic acid, psoromic acid, and salazinic acid (Brodo and Hawksworth 1977).