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Cladina stellaris

Cladina stellaris (Opiz) Brodo

Cladina alpestris (L.) Nyl.

Cladonia alpestris (L.) Rabenh.

Cladonia stellaris (Opiz) Pouzar & Vezda

Star-tipped Reindeer Lichen, Northern Reindeer Lichen, Star Reindeer Lichen

ParentsUnknownGenus is not in the current taxonomy
GenusCladina
Speciesstellaris

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This lichen is circumpolar, occurring above the Arctic Circle and below the Antarctic Circle. In North America, it occurs throughout much of Canada and the northern United States, in forests of cone-bearing trees (boreal forests).

Identification: Star-tipped reindeer lichen is a fruticose lichen: it looks like a miniature shrub. They are densely branched, and lack a main stem. They form compact, rounded mounds. Similar lichens are compared below.

 

Cladina stellaris (Star-tipped Reindeer Lichen, Northern Reindeer Lichen, Star Reindeer Lichen)

[Foreground: Gray Reindeer Lichen (Cladina rangiferina)] · 4/3/2010 · Mt. Battie (Elev. 780'), Camden, ME
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm) ID is uncertain

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Cladina stellaris

Cladina rangiferina

Cladina mitis
Common Name

Star-tipped Reindeer Lichen

Gray Reindeer Lichen

Green Reindeer Lichen
Plant

 

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.

 

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, 2-3½" (5-8.9 cm) high, yellowish-green to yellowish-gray, composed of multiple branches from a main stem, like tiny trees.
Habitats Boreal (cone-bearing) forests, on soil or thin soil on rocks. Boreal (cone-bearing) forests, on soil or thin soil on rocks. Boreal (cone-bearing) forests, on soil or thin soil on rocks. Often with mosses and grasses.
Type Wild Wild Wild

 

Online References:

Cladina stellaris on BorealForest.org

Cladina stellaris on Stephen Sharnoff Photography

Cladina on Macrolichens of North America

Cladina stellaris at the Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria

Cladina stellaris on Wikispecies

References:

Walewski, Joe, Lichens of the North Woods, Kollath+Stensaas Publishing, 2007, p. 37

Cladina stellaris description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Cladina stellaris (Star-tipped Reindeer Lichen, Northern Reindeer Lichen, Star Reindeer Lichen)

4/3/2010 · Mt. Battie (Elev. 780'), Camden, ME
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm) ID is uncertain

Cladina stellaris (Star-tipped Reindeer Lichen, Northern Reindeer Lichen, Star Reindeer Lichen)

[Foreground: Gray Reindeer Lichen (Cladina rangiferina)] · 4/3/2010 · Mt. Battie (Elev. 780'), Camden, ME
≈ 11 × 7" (27 × 18 cm) ID is uncertain