Cladonia portentosa

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Cladonia portentosa
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C. portentosa
Binomial name
Cladonia portentosa
(Dufour) Coem. (1865)

Cladonia portentosa, also known as reindeer lichen, is a light-coloured, fruticose lichen belonging to the family Cladoniaceae.

A similar-looking species, also known by the common name "reindeer lichen", is Cladonia rangiferina.

Description[edit]

Cladonia portentosa forms compact interwoven mats up to 6 cm tall. It is richly branched, each branch usually dividing into three but with the penultimate sometimes dividing into two. The branching is at a larger angle than that of Cladonia rangiferina.[1]

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Illustrations[edit]

Gilbert, O. 2004.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dobson, Frank S., Lichens: An Illustrated Guide to the British and Irish Species, Richmond Publishing, Slough, 5th edn 2005.
  2. ^ Gilbert, O. 2007. Lichens Scottish Natural Heritage ISBN 1-85397-373-4