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
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 voyageurcountry.com
Cladina rangiferina on Wikipedia
Walewski, Joe, Lichens of the North Woods, Kollath+Stensaas Publishing, 2007, p. 84
Cladina rangiferina description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.