How do lichens reproduce?

1 Answer
Sep 5, 2014

Lichens are a partnership between a fungus and a photosynthetic partner. They both benefit from the relationship and therefore have symbiotic relationship.

There are a variety of ways that they do reproduce.

Many reproduce asexually or by vegetative reproduction. (Sort of like how you make a new plant using cuttings.) or by diaspores. The diaspores have both alga and fungal cells.

Most lichens do reproduce using sexual structures. A few use only these structures.

Reindeer Moss.

A thallus, sexual structure