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Cladina rangiferina (L.) Nyl.

Cladonia rangiferina (L.) F.H. Wigg.

Cladina rangiferina (L.) Nyl. ssp. grisea (Ahti) Ahti & Lai

Gray reindeer lichen, reindeer lichen, reindeer moss, greygreen reindeer lichen

ParentsUnknownGenus is not in the current taxonomy
GenusCladina
Speciesrangiferina

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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 × 15 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 voyageurcountry.com

Cladina rangiferina on Wikipedia

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 × 5" (20 × 13 cm)

Cladina rangiferina description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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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)

7/15/2020 · Mt. Battie (Elev. 780'), Camden, ME ID is uncertain