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This booklet surveys the world's eco-friendly plant range, from eco-friendly algae via flowering vegetation, in a taxonomic and evolutionary context.

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Crustose lichens are flat; they often appear to be painted on the surfaces where they grow. Foliose lichens have a leafy appearance. Fruticose lichens range in appearance from the multibranched individuals of reindeer moss (Cladonia subtenuis) to the erect pillars of British soldier (Cladonia cristatella). Despite their ability to tolerate the hot, dry, bright conditions of bare rock, lichens are quite sensitive to air pollution. Environmental scientists therefore use lichens as indicators of air pollution.

The gills on the undersurface of the basidiocarp form numerous basidia in which the dikaryotic nuclei fuse to form a zygote. The single-celled zygote then undergoes meiosis to form haploid spores that are released to germinate and produce new mycelia. The zygote is the only diploid cell in the entire basidiomycete life cycle. Club fungi are a diverse group that has many different properties and uses. The white button or portabella mushroom (Agaricus bisporus), oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus), and shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes) are eaten on salads, pizzas, and many other dishes.

Chlorophytes are a group of approximately 7,500 species of green algae that live in salt water, fresh water, and on land. They exhibit a number of different growth forms ranging from singlecelled species (Chlamydomonas), filamentous forms (like the genus Oedogonium), spheroid colonies (such as Volvox), and the delicate, sheet-like sea lettuces (Ulva). Charophytes are predominantly freshwater or terrestrial algae, although some live in brackish water (a combination of 46 Plant Diversity salt and fresh water).

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