Reindeer Live Moss Bowl (With Moss)


Reindeer Live Moss Characteristics

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Reindeer Moss is the more common name for Cladonia rangiferina. Known by various names, such as Lichen Moss or Caribou Moss, Reindeer Moss refers to a variety of 40 species that grow primarily in the Arctic. Colors may vary anywhere from yellow-green to grey. It is a slow-growing plant, having its most growth during the spring and fall.

Typical size can reach approximately 3" in height. Looking like tiny shrubs, the tips of the branches are soft and willowy. When moist, the moss has a porous nature, but when water is scarce, it can become brittle, and the plant goes dormant. This dormancy can continue for a very long time. During rain, the moss absorbs water to maintain itself during drought.

Reindeer Moss is a lichen that does not have roots

Air and water are absorbed through the plant's surface. Because of this, it is a good predictor of pollution in the air. Scientists look to the moss to evaluate the environmental impact in surrounding areas. It prefers sandy soil.

Other varieties of Reindeer moss can be found in the hot, arid regions of the south. Typically they are found in moist or arid areas, in sandy, well-drained soil that is low in nitrogen. Even in these harsh conditions, the lichen has a very long lifespan.

Reindeer Moss has a variety of uses

Primarily food for reindeer, moose, and caribou, hobbyists have found many uses for Reindeer Moss. From being grown in terrariums, and rock gardens to landscape covering for model railroad enthusiasts, it can be purchased in almost every hobby store. The acid in the moss is sometimes used to produce litmus paper or as a natural dye in tweeds. When dried and ground, it is often sold as tea.