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Lichen
Species information
Sentience

Non-sentient

Distinction(s)

Symbiosis of fungi and algae

Usage

Manufacture of deodorant sticks

Status

Extant

"Contains lichen and bud of mandrake to fight odour, and aloe vera to soothe the skin."
Lowdour Deodorant Stick advertisement.[src]

Lichens are a symbiosis of at least two quite different organisms. The partnership always involves a fungus, which lives with one or more partners which are capable of photosynthesis. The photobiont partner may be a green alga and/or a cyanobacterium. [1]

Lichens are a known ingredient of Lowdour, a magical fragrance-free brand of deodorant.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • Lichens have also been used to make dyes, perfumes, and herbal medicines. Some lichen produce natural antibiotics that kill bacteria. Humans have used these compounds as natural antibiotics. Extracts from many Usnea species were used to treat wounds in Russia in the mid-twentieth century.[3]

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