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California State Lichen and Mushroom

California State LichenLeft to right: banana slug, lace lichen, Pacific golden chanterelle, and abalone. (Lace lichen: By northbaywanderer, CC BY 2.0link.)

The Golden State is the only state with an official lichen, the beautiful lace lichen. One of California’s newest symbols is the Pacific golden chanterelle, which was named the official state mushroom. You can learn more about its adoption here.

There have also been attempts to designate the banana slug and abalone state symbols.

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