Lichens of the Hassan Tower Monument (Rabat, Morocco)

  • Ilham Nattah Laboratory of Botany and Plant Protection, University Ibn Tofail, Faculty of Sciences, P. O. Box 133, 14000 Kénitra, Morocco
  • Amina Ouazzani Touhami Laboratory of Botany and Plant Protection, University Ibn Tofail, Faculty of Sciences, P. O. Box 133, 14000 Kénitra, Morocco
  • Rachid Benkirane Laboratory of Botany and Plant Protection, University Ibn Tofail, Faculty of Sciences, P. O. Box 133, 14000 Kénitra, Morocco
  • Mohamed El Kortbi Laboratoire des Matériaux et Génie Civil, Université Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
  • Allal Douira Laboratory of Botany and Plant Protection, University Ibn Tofail, Faculty of Sciences, P. O. Box 133, 14000 Kénitra, Morocco
Keywords: Morocco, Hassan Tower, monument, lichens, deterioration

Abstract

This paper describes the lichen species that colonize the walls of the Hassan Tower, a historical monument of Morocco. The lichen species identified as Caloplaca flavescens, C. Vitellinula, Rocella phycopsis and Xanthoria calcicola are distributed differently on the walls of the tower. In addition to other environmental factors, such lichen species encountered are involved in one way or another in the deterioration of building materials of the Hassan Tower.

Published
2017-05-23
Section
ARTICLES