Reindeer Lichen
(Reindeer Moss - Fruticose Lichen - Caribou Moss)
Cladonia rangiferina
Lichenaceae (Lichen) Fungi Family

Reindeer Moss (Lichen) is identified as 1-4 inches tall, forming patches several inches wide and colonies that cover several feet. The bunches of lichen are usually in large round clumps. The stems are branched like antlers, with wooly surface and finger-like tips. Branches are often perforated at the base. Its preferred habitat is on barren tundra soil. In this region the preferred areas are on dry, sandy slopes in pine forests.

Photo courtesy Mike Carter, Pensacola, Florida
November 7, 2009

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