Up close, it turns out to have red tips (apothecia, or fruiting bodies) to each branch.
|The branches split two or three ways, then split again, and again at the very tip.|
|And the stalks are speckled with green scales (squamules).|
|Up to about 5 stalked fruiting bodies at the tip of each branch.|
Out in the field, the lichen is such a pale green that it almost seems white in the sunshine, and the red tips are invisible.
|Reindeer lichen on a log with Cladonia. Some clusters of reindeer lichen in this area grow up to a foot deep and would fill an armload.|