Scandinavian Mountains over 2000m - Flora & Fauna

Scandinavian Mountains over 2000 metres - James Baxter

Flora & FaunaAlgae, Lichen & Moss › Reindeer Moss

Cladonia rangiferina, Reindeer Moss, Grå Reinlav.

Reindeer Moss
Very common all over the mountains and often found in large colonies in the coniferous, especially pine, forests and drier, stony moorlands.

They are greyish 5-10cm high bushes or fruticose lichens. The lichen is slow growing like all lichens.

They are a major component of the reindeer diet in the winter months. These lichens were used by humans in dire times, but provide no nutrition.