Lichens & Mosses, Irwin County

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The sandy ridges of the Alapaha River bottomlands are abundant with these lichens and mosses. On Crystal Lake Road, near the river, they blanket the right of way for nearly a mile.

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I don’t know enough about these species to say much about their biology, but they’re a beautiful sight and seem almost otherworldly. The dominant blueish-green variety in most of these photos is known as Dixie Reindeer Lichen, or reindeer moss locally, (Cladonia subtenius). It’s widespread in protected areas throughout South Georgia.

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The species seen below is known as British Soldiers (Cladonia cristatella), for the bright red “blooms”.

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One response to “Lichens & Mosses, Irwin County

  1. vanne hanisch-godo

    these are interesting pictures ! They must be Cariboo Moss. Very common in the Yukon where I lived for many, many years.

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