Cladina rangiferina (L.) Nyl.
Cladina rangiferina (L.) Nyl. ssp. grisea (Ahti) Ahti & Lai
Cladonia rangiferina (L.) F.H. Wigg.
Gray Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Moss, Greygreen Reindeer Lichen
Gray reindeer lichen
Identification: Occurs in large mats on rocks or thin soils. Fruticose lichen (that is, shaped like a tiny shrub), 2½-5" (6.3-12 cm) high, grayish white. Branches are hollow, and end branches often point in the same direction, looking “windswept,” tips may be brownish. (Model railroad enthusiasts use these lichens to create realistic-looking scale-model trees.)
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|Plant||Fruticose lichen, 2-3½" (5-8.9 cm) high, yellowish-green to yellowish-gray, composed of multiple branches from a main stem, like tiny trees.||Fruticose lichen, 2½-5" (6.3-12 cm) high, grayish white. Branches are hollow, and end branches often point in the same direction.||Fruticose lichen, 2-4" (5-10 cm) tall, in compact rounded mounds. Pale green or yellowish. Heavily branched, with no main stem. Branches are hollow.|
|Habitats||Boreal (cone-bearing) forests, on soil or thin soil on rocks. Often with mosses and grasses.||Boreal (cone-bearing) forests, on soil or thin soil on rocks.||Boreal (cone-bearing) forests, on soil or thin soil on rocks.|
Cladina rangiferina on Stephen Sharnoff Photography
Cladina rangiferina on BorealForest.org
Cladina rangiferina on www.voyageurcountry.com
Cladina rangiferina on Wikipedia
Cladina rangiferina at the Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria
Walewski, Joe, Lichens of the North Woods, Kollath+Stensaas Publishing, 2007, p. 84
Cladina rangiferina description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.