New lichen species discovery in the Netherlands

The orange spots on this photo are the new species Oxneria huculica, photo by Michiel Sytsma

When Dutch nature guide Michiel Sytsma cycled between Ede and Veenendaal, he saw an unusual lichen species on five trees.

He photographed this. It turned out that Mr Sytsma had discovered a species, new for the Netherlands: Oxneria huculica.

The species now has a Dutch name: dragonderdooiermos, dragoon lichen. This is because the lichen was found at the Dragonderweg, dragoon road, in Ede. And also because the orange colour of the lichen is similar to the orange in the uniforms of the dragoons after whom that road was named.

These dragoons of the British army, commanded by “the grand old Duke of York“, were in that area in 1794-1795. They were supposed to stop the French army from invading the Dutch republic, allies of the United Kingdom. However, when the French army approached, the dragoons fled without firing a shot.

Reminding me of the song about the grand old Duke of York.

This music video from Britain is called The Grand Old Duke Of York; Children’s Animation.

According to Wikipedia:

The Grand Old Duke of York’ (also sung as The Noble Duke of York) is an English children’s nursery rhyme, often performed as an action song. The Duke of the title has been argued to be a number of the holders of that office, particularly Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany (1763–1827) and its lyrics have become proverbial for futile action. …

The most common modern version is:

Oh, The grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
And he marched them down again.

And when they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only half-way up,
They were neither up nor down.

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