Cladina sp.

I’m on vacation, so please accept my apologies for the brief entries. — Daniel.

I’m not sure of the identity of this one, but I suspect Cladina rangiferina, or reindeer moss (though it’s really a lichen). This was growing at ~850m (2800ft) in elevation. It was a common sight in the White Pass area, although I must admit it does look a bit different when a macro lens is used (see other images of Cladina spp.).

It also seems that all Cladina species are now lumped into Cladonia; the USDA PLANTS database still uses Cladina.

Cladina sp.

9 responses to “Cladina sp.”

  1. Knox

    Nice photo. Almost surreal.

  2. Jacqueline

    This is a fun photo. Very interesting. You can almost see all sorts of ghouly things coming at ya! Thanks very much.

  3. Christian

    I have seen Cladina rangiferina growing in the central cascades of Oregon in large 10 sq meter patches under Acer circinatum on dry rocky scree slopes with a Raccomitrium sp. It’s good to see some Lichens represented; Bryophytes are often overlooked by many Botanists. However, this is the perfect time of year to observe and appreciate the beauty and diversity of lichens, mosses, liverworts, and hornworts.

  4. Rick

    NICE! Is a horizantal photo of Cladina rangiferina available. I’d love it for a desk top photo.

  5. Sue in Bremerton WA

    Well, gosh. What a spooky picture, especially for this time of year. I often ‘steal’ the photos from here to use as background on my computer. I almost tripped and fell getting this one copied this morning.
    Enlarged it looks very much like predatory birds flying in the fog.
    But the plants are yet one more example of how when there is a void, something will come. Amazing.
    I so much love my daily dose of a picture and information about it. What a wonderful site.

  6. elizabeth a airhart

    lord of the rings comes to my mind

  7. ingrid

    Perfect as an Xmas (Holiday) Card…

  8. lavender

    so nice ! i do love all of plant ! thank you very much.

  9. SIU

    menino do ceu, q parece fantasmagorica, q lindo!

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