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Cladonia rangiferina (greygreen reindeer lichen)

Synonyms: Cladina alpestris; Cladina rangiferina; Cladonia alpestris; Lichen rangiferinus; Lichen rangiferinus var. alpestris

Wikipedia Abstract

Cladonia rangiferina, also known as reindeer lichen (c.p. Sw. renlav), lat., is a light-colored, fruticose lichen belonging to the Cladoniaceae family. It grows in both hot and cold climates in well-drained, open environments. Found primarily in areas of alpine tundra, it is extremely cold-hardy. Reindeer lichen, like many lichens, is slow growing (3–5 mm per year) and may take decades to return once overgrazed, burned, trampled, or otherwise consumed. A similar-looking species also known by the common name Reindeer lichen is Cladonia portentosa.
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Light Preference [1]  Mixed Sun/Shade
Soil Fertility [1]  Infertile
Soil Moisture [1]  Moist
Structure [2]  Lichen

Protected Areas



Alaskozetes antarcticus (Mite)[3]
Glaucomys sabrinus (northern flying squirrel)[3]
Lemmus sibiricus (brown lemming)[3]
Rangifer tarandus (caribou)[3]


Arctic; Eurasia – Europe; Eurasia – Asia-Temperate; Eurasia – Asia-Tropical; Africa (incl Madagascar); Americas – North America (incl Mexico); Americas – South and Central America; Antarctic – Southern Subpolar Islands; Antarctic – Antarctica;

External References

USDA Plant Profile



Attributes / relations provided by
1Ellenberg, H., Weber, H.E., Dull, R., Wirth, V., Werner, W., Paulissen, D. (1991) Zeigerwerte von Pflanzen in Mitteleuropa. Scripta Geobotanica 18, 1–248
2Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
3Making The Forest And Tundra Wildlife Connection
Protected Areas provided by GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Edwin S. George Reserve, University of Michigan, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Natura 2000, UK data: © Crown copyright and database right [2010] All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100017955
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