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~ Gold Lichen ~ lichens are not a single organism. They are symbiotic ( or possibly parasitic ) relationships between fungi and algae - a specific fungi and a specific algae for each. They - either - vegetatively reproduce - grow a new lichen from a piece broken off of the "parent" lichen - or - the fungus, which "hosts" the algae, produces spores that contain both the fungi and algae for the particular lichen that is reproducing.