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old-man's-beard,

name for several plants, among them a clematisclematis
, any plant of the large genus Clematis (sometimes subdivided into three or four genera), widely distributed herbs or vines of the family Ranunculaceae (buttercup family), many of them native to the United States. Some have an irritating sap.
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 and a lichenlichen
, usually slow-growing organism of simple structure, composed of fungi (see Fungi) and photosynthetic green algae or cyanobacteria living together in a symbiotic relationship and resulting in a structure that resembles neither constituent.
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We take a walk through a forest with primordial mystique that has silver ferns blanketing the floor of a beech forest -- the moist environment gives rise to emerald mosses, old man's beard and lichens.
Virga is the Latin for old man's beard, and it aptly describes the shape and appearance of this upper air rain.
She'd lie beside me panting, feathers covering her black muzzle like an old man's beard until the sight bothered me and I'd brush them away.
I walked home through the park under trees shedding leaves like gold coins and passed by hedges lit up with rose-hips and fluffy with old man's beard.
The white in the old man's beard looks like lint and he is
glowed chartreuse with dripping moss and old man's beard, a climbing shrub.