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Reindeer Moss is not a true moss but instead a lichen
Reindeer moss (Cladonia rangiferina) is not a true moss, but a lichen, a fungus, and algae symbiotic partnership; The algae carry out photosynthesis, thus providing energy and structural building blocks for growth. The fungus provides physical support and protects the algae from ultraviolet light and other environmental challenges.
The branches of reindeer moss are 1 to 1.5 mm across, and it grows up to 10 cm in height. The growth rate is 3 to 5 mm per year. The color is a very light grey, with possibly a faint trace of green.
Reindeer moss is a significant food source for reindeer, making it economically important in some areas; This, combined with its particular kind of extensive branching, accounts for the name. It grows in a variety of climates but requires a well-drained, open environment. Reindeer moss is most common in alpine tundra and is very tolerant to cold.
It is used in some recipes for the production of akvavit, a flavored spirit popular in Scandinavia. Reindeer moss is used in folk medicine, including the removal of kidney stones. Some of the substances in reindeer moss may be effective against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
Reindeer Moss is extremely cold-resistant
Reindeer moss - Cladonia rangiferina
Reindeer moss, which is also known as caribou moss, is not moss. It is a lichen. That means that it's two different life forms at once. It is an algae living side by side and working together with fungi. That said, it is understandable how the mistake can be made. Reindeer moss looks very similar to a spongy bush of thistle-like branches. These branches are a pale greenish-grey, making it even harder to distinguish this lichen from natural plants. Because reindeer moss is a lichen, they do not flower. Instead, the fungi part of the lichen creates tiny disc-like growths that allow fellow lichens to mate with each other. Lichen also doesn't burrow roots into the ground. They grow on the surface of the ground and the surface of rocks.
Even though the "moss" part of the name "reindeer moss" is false, the "reindeer" part of the name is entirely accurate. Reindeer moss is extremely cold-resistant and often grows in the Canadian tundra. Thus reindeer often eat reindeer moss when all other food sources have been wiped out by the cold. Reindeer moss tends to grow best in climates that are cool and moist. Most of their growth takes place during the fall and spring. When their environment is too cold or dark, lichens will enter a dormant state until conditions improve.
Although reindeer moss is incredibly durable, has a very long lifespan, and requires next to no maintenance, they are not very good garden items. Reindeer moss grows very slowly. They usually grow between 3 - 5 millimeters per year. That makes it very hard to grow reindeer moss intentionally. If reindeer moss happens to be growing in your garden, then there's nothing to worry about, as they will not harm or interfere with garden plants. But it is not recommended to seek out reindeer moss for your garden.