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"The beauty of lichens, with their scalloped leaves, the small attractive fields, the crinkled edge! I could study a single piece for hours. How they flourish! I sympathize with their growth." -- Henry David Thoreau, January 26th, 1852


How to use this database

This is an interactive database cataloging the human uses of lichens. Any user can edit an entry to correct any errors or omissions. Any user can also add a new entry for a lichen species that is missing from the database.

Accessing the lichen database

So far it is only indexed by species of lichen. Click on Index by species of lichen to search through the database. Clicking on any lichen name will bring you to a page about the human uses of that lichen. Lichen names in red have yet to be entered into the database, and clicking on them will allow you to make the entry yourself.

Adding a new entry

  • To add a new species of lichen to the database, you must first add it to the index. Go to the Index by species of lichen, and click on the edit tab [[1]] at the top of the screen. Scroll down to the list to where the new lichen should be alphabetically, and add it in. You must surround the new name with [[double square brackets]] so that it will link to a new page about that lichen. Click the Save page button at the bottom of the screen.
  • After you have added the new lichen to the index, it will appear on the page in red type. If you click on the new name it will take you to a new page about that lichen. Enter information about that lichen and click the Save page button at the bottom of the screen.
  • Please add any references you used to the References page by going there and clicking on the edit tab [[2]] at the top of the screen. Add the new reference to the new list alphabetically, and click the Save page button at the bottom of the screen. I'm working on a way to link the reference to the entry, if you can do this please do.

Editing an existing entry

Please correct any errors or omissions in existing database entries. Simply go to the page for that lichen, and click on the edit tab at the top of the page. Make any of the necessary changes and click the Save page button at the bottom of the screen.


Essays on ethnolichenology

Folk taxonomy of lichens

Lichen mythology

Uses of lichens by people

Variation within a lichen species

Lichens as medicine

Lichens as food

Lichens as dye


Database of lichens that are used by people

Index by species of lichen


References

List of all references cited

References A-Z

References A-B

References C-E

References F-H

References I-L

References M-P

References Q-S

References T-Z

Tables

Preparation methods of lichens used as food by people

A summary of studies on the nutritional composition of lichens

A summary of lichens being used as dyes


Maps

Map of Bryoria use in North America

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