Reindeer Lichen

Cladina stellaris
Scale 7 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1
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Play: Only on jack pine, black spruce, or sphagnum moss.

Fact: Reindeer lichen grows only 3-5 mm per year and can take decades to grow back after disturbance.

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Graphic by Elly Knighttwitter.com/ellycknight
Cladonia stellaris is an ecologically important species of lichen that forms continuous mats over large areas of the ground in boreal and arctic regions around the circumpolar north. The species is a preferred food source of reindeer and caribou during the winter months,[1][2][3] and it has an important role in regulating nutrient cycling and soil […] read more