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Cladonia portentosa

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.



C. 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]

See also[edit]


Gilbert, O. 2004.[2]


  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


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