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Wallace’s Selaginella and Reindeer Lichens

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Wallace’s Selaginella and Reindeer Lichens

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A sparsely vegetated community dominated by mosses and lichens, primarily maritime reindeer (Cladonia portentosa) and restricted to rock outcrops along the coast. It occurs on Salt Spring at Ruckle Park and upland sites on Mt. Tuam and Maxwell. Growing on a thin layer of soil over rock these lichens are particularly vulnerable to disturbance and require many years to grow back.

Photo by Ryan Batten