Threatened, Endangered, and Proposed (TEP) Plant Profile

Close-up Gymnoderma lineare, rock gnome lichen.
Gymnoderma lineare, rock gnome. Photo by Hugh and Carol Nourse.

Gymnoderma lineare, rock gnome lichen on rock outcrops.
Gymnoderma lineare habitat. Photo by Gary Kauffman.

Close-up Gymnoderma lineare, rock gnome lichen.
Gymnoderma lineare, rock gnome. Photo by Hugh and Carol Nourse.

Gymnoderma lineare, rock gnome lichen, range map.
Gymnoderma lineare range map.

Gymnoderma lineare, rock gnome lichen

This rare lichen grows only in areas of high humidity, such as high-elevation vertical rock faces that are frequently bathed in fog or in deep gorges at lower elevations.

ESA Status

Visit the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Species Profile link below for links to listing and other USFWS documents.

Threats

  • Collection
  • Logging
  • Habitat disturbance due to heavy use by hikers and climbers
  • Indirectly threatened by exotic insect pests and possibly air pollution, which are contributing to the demise of Fraser fir forests at higher elevations in the Southern Appalachians

Conservation Status

National Forest and Grassland Occurrence

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