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Cladina mitis

Cladina mitis (Sandst.) Hustich

Cladonia arbuscula (Wallr.) Flotow ssp. mitis (Sandst.) Ruoss

Cladonia mitis Sandst.

Green Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen

ParentsUnknownGenus is not in the current taxonomy
GenusCladina
Speciesmitis

About plant names...

Green reindeer lichen is distributed throughout northern regions of the world.

Identification: Occurs in large mats on rocks or thin soils. Fruticose lichen (that is, shaped like a tiny shrub), 2-3½" (5-8.9 cm) high, yellowish-green to yellowish-gray, composed of multiple branches from a main stem, like tiny trees.

 

Cladina mitis (Green Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen)

This close-up shows several hollow branches. · 4/24/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 1¼ × 1¼" (3.5 × 3.1 cm) ID is uncertain

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Cladina mitis

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 mitis at Alan Silverside's Lichen Pages on LastDragon.org

Cladina mitis on Stephen Sharnoff Photography

Cladina mitis on Macrolichens of North America

Cladina mitis at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service

Cladina mitis on BorealForest.org

Cladina mitis on the Toolik↔Arctic Geobotanical Atlas

References:

Walewski, Joe, Lichens of the North Woods, Kollath+Stensaas Publishing, 2007, p. 38

Cladina mitis (Green Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen)

4/24/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 3½ × 2½" (9.8 × 6.6 cm) ID is uncertain

Cladina mitis (Green Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen)

4/24/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 4½ × 3" (11 × 7.9 cm) ID is uncertain

Cladina mitis (Green Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen)

8/2/2008 · Flying Mountain, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm)

Cladina mitis (Green Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen)

9/19/2009 · Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 1¼ × 1¼" (3.2 × 3.2 cm) ID is uncertain

Cladina mitis (Green Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen)

9/19/2009 · Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 6 × 9" (15 × 21 cm) ID is uncertain

Cladina mitis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 5 Oct 2016.

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Cladina mitis (Green Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen)

Green on left, gray (Cladonia rangiferina) on right. · 8/3/2009 · 111 Near 119, Pepperell, MA
≈ 15 × 10" (37 × 24 cm) ID is uncertain

Cladina mitis (Green Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen)

9/20/2009 · Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm) ID is uncertain

Cladina mitis (Green Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen)

4/24/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 1¼ × 1" (3.5 × 3 cm) ID is uncertain

Cladina mitis (Green Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen)

8/12/2009 · Pearl Hill State Park, Townsend, MA
≈ 11 × 7" (27 × 18 cm)

Cladina mitis (Green Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen)

9/20/2009 · Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 12 × 17" (29 × 44 cm) ID is uncertain

Cladina mitis (Green Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Lichen)

7/11/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, near NH Line, Dunstable, MA
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm)