Reindeer Lichen – 5/18/20

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/18/20

Observation Time: 10:20 a.m.

Observation Location: under high tension lines across the street from the Gavins Pond soccer fields

Common Name: Reindeer lichen

Scientific Name: Cladonia rangiferina

Comments: Reindeer lichen is a light-colored, fruticose lichen belonging to the family Cladoniaceae. It grows in both hot and cold climates in well-drained, open environments. As the common names suggest, reindeer lichen is an important food for reindeer (caribou) and has economic importance as a result. Reindeer lichen, like many lichens, is slow growing (3–11 mm per year) and may take decades to return once overgrazed, burned, trampled, or otherwise consumed.

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