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Cladina rangiferina

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

ParentsUnknownGenus is not in the current taxonomy
GenusCladina
Speciesrangiferina

About plant names...

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.)

 

Cladina rangiferina (Gray Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Moss, Greygreen Reindeer Lichen)

8/14/2015 · Roost Trail, Grafton Notch State Park, Newry, Maine
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 16 cm)

 
Cladina mitis
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Cladina rangiferina

Cladina stellaris
Common Name

Green Reindeer Lichen

Gray Reindeer Lichen

Star-tipped Reindeer Lichen
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.

 

Photo by Pablo Alberto Salguero Quiles. 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.
Type Wild Wild Wild

 

Online References:

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

References:

Walewski, Joe, Lichens of the North Woods, Kollath+Stensaas Publishing, 2007, p. 84

Cladina rangiferina (Gray Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Moss, Greygreen Reindeer Lichen)

Also Juniper Polytrichum Moss (Polytrichum juniperinum Hedw.) · 8/3/2009 · 111 Near 119, Pepperell, MA
≈ 34 × 23" (86 × 57 cm) ID is uncertain

Cladina rangiferina (Gray Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Moss, Greygreen Reindeer Lichen)

9/5/2009 · Willard Brook State Park, Orange Trail, Townsend, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm) ID is uncertain

Cladina rangiferina (Gray Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Moss, Greygreen Reindeer Lichen)

9/5/2009 · Willard Brook State Park, Orange Trail, Townsend, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

Cladina rangiferina (Gray Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Moss, Greygreen Reindeer Lichen)

8/14/2015 · Roost Trail, Grafton Notch State Park, Newry, Maine
≈ 8 × 6" (20 × 14 cm)

Cladina rangiferina description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Cladina rangiferina (Gray Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Moss, Greygreen Reindeer Lichen)

Also Juniper Polytrichum Moss (Polytrichum juniperinum Hedw.) · 8/3/2009 · 111 Near 119, Pepperell, MA
≈ 10 × 7" (26 × 17 cm) ID is uncertain

Cladina rangiferina (Gray Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Moss, Greygreen Reindeer Lichen)

Gray on right, green (Cladina mitis) on left. · 8/3/2009 · 111 Near 119, Pepperell, MA
≈ 15 × 10" (37 × 24 cm) ID is uncertain

Cladina rangiferina (Gray Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Moss, Greygreen Reindeer Lichen)

4/3/2010 · Mt. Battie (Elev. 780'), Camden, ME
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm) ID is uncertain