Reindeer moss Cladonia portentosa

Status
Best Time to See January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Colour
Habitat Heathland

Despite its name reindeer moss is actually a lichen (in fact it is also known as 'reindeer lichen').

Composed of many light and dainty branches, it grows in cushion-like tufts. When dry it can be quite brittle but once wet it becomes somewhat sponge-like.

Where to see

Reindeer moss is usually found on moors and heathland, often growing in pockets of soil attached to rocky outcrops.

Did you know

The only naturalised reindeer in the UK are found in the Scottish Highlands where they live for much of the year on reindeer moss.