Definitions for cladonia rangiferina
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reindeer moss, reindeer lichen, arctic moss, Cladonia rangiferina(noun)
an erect greyish branching lichen of Arctic and even some north temperate regions constituting the chief food for reindeer and caribou and sometimes being eaten by humans
Cladonia rangiferina, also known as reindeer lichen, 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. Other common names include reindeer moss and caribou moss. As the common names suggest, reindeer lichen is an important food for reindeer, and has economic importance as a result. Synonyms include Cladina rangiferina and Lichen rangiferinus. Reindeer lichen, like many lichens, is slow growing 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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