Cladina mitis (Sandst.) Hustich
Cladonia arbuscula (Wallr.) Flotow ssp. mitis (Sandst.) Ruoss
Cladonia mitis Sandst.
Green Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen
Green reindeer lichen is distributed throughout northern regions of the world.
Identification: Occurs in large mats on rocks or thin soils. Fruticose lichen (that is, shaped like a tiny shrub), 2-3½" (5-8.9 cm) high, yellowish-green to yellowish-gray, composed of multiple branches from a main stem, like tiny 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 mitis at Alan Silverside's Lichen Pages on LastDragon.org
Cladina mitis on Stephen Sharnoff Photography
Cladina mitis at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service
Cladina mitis on BorealForest.org
Cladina mitis on the Toolik↔Arctic Geobotanical Atlas
Walewski, Joe, Lichens of the North Woods, Kollath+Stensaas Publishing, 2007, p. 38
Cladina mitis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.