Wherever stable and reasonably well lit surfaces occur in nature, so will lichens. A bizarre partnership of fungus and algae, lichens will grow on soil, rock, and even trees. Although they give the appearance of being parasitic on their vegetative hosts, lichens are anything but, being self-reliant in feeding themselves through photosynthesis in their algal cells. The algae, in turn, benefits from the ability of the fungus to better find, soak up, and retain water and nutrients.
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Confederate President Jefferson Davis made his antebellum home in Warren County, just south of Vicksburg.