The bacteria and protozoans in the rumen also help to break down lichen compounds into sugars that the animals can use. Green and grey reindeer lichens are most easily separated by colour. As in the case of usnic acid, if vulpinic acid is proven to be helpful as well as harmful for humans, we need to find a way to prevent the chemical from hurting us before we can use it as an antibiotic. The alga in the lichen is classified separately. Good luck with your research. That's interesting, khan. Scopri quale personaggio del cinema rappresenta la tua vera natura di fundraiser. Interesting, yes--lesson in not switching thoughts in the middle of a sentence. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 26, 2018: I'm glad the article was helpful for you. With the vote concluded, the Star-tipped Reindeer Lichen (Cladonia stellaris) will be included in a larger project McMullin has facilitated with lichen experts across the country in order to identify a representative lichen species for each province and territory. Grey reindeer lichen is an excellent example of a plant that has adapted to surviving the severe conditions of the north. Just what I needed for my trail talk about usable plants! I appreciate your visit. There may be identification guides for the lichens in your area on the Internet as well. Best offers for your Garden - https://amzn.to/2InnD0w ----- How to Grow Reindeer Lichen Indoors. In the future, lichens may provide us with antibiotics and sunscreen chemicals. It's unknown whether the lichen was used as a preservative or to provide a pleasant scent. I always appreciate your visits and support! Found primarily in areas of alpine tundra, it is extremely cold-hardy. Thanks! I have a question for you though, recently, while hiking, I found a beautiful Wolf Lichen growth on a dead branch. It is amazing how they are used in products. Please click TomVolkFungi.net for the rest of Tom Volk's pages on fungi For a Christmas treat, click here for "Fungi that are necessary for a merry Christmas.". Most of the water and nutrients that the thallus needs are absorbed from the surrounding air and raindrops instead of through the rhizines or holdfast. If the winter is exceptionally hard, the reindeer are given extra feed, either lichen collected in other parts of the country, or regular cattle feed. Based on the NIS countries model, in the fu-ture, WHO would like to cooperate with more countries or regions to develop their monographs on commonly used medicinal plants. Prickle cladonia (Cladonia uncialis) is also similar at first glance, but its spreading branchlets and hard, shiny outer surface readily separate it from the Cladinas. Scones are also made from it. Every year the amount increases and now the trees are almost fully covered. Learn more about Iceland Moss uses, effectiveness, possible side effects, interactions, dosage, user ratings and products that contain Iceland Moss Reindeer lichens have been taken to treat fever, jaundice constipation, convulsions, coughs, and tuberculosis. I hope you have a great day, too! 2 years ago ... Usnea is similar to mushrooms in respect to the extractions. Until the second half of the 19th century, naturalists considered lichen to be the “earth’s excrement”, and either classified it as seaweed or as moss. Answer: Yes. Is there danger in handling certain lichen, either transferring onto fingers or breathing in harmful components of disturbed lichen? Question: Which lichens are harmful to humans when eaten? Architects and model railway enthusiasts often colour small pieces of reindeer lichen soaked in glycerine to make lifelike miniature trees and shrubs. It's unknown if the lichen or the glass was most responsible for the death of the animals. With warmer temperatures, ice melts, exposing water. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 04, 2014: Thank you very much, Sue. can you share your reference for this one??? Thank you very much for the comment. The average adult reindeer eats 9 to 18 pounds of vegetation each day. Most detrimental was the contamination of lichen, the main winter staple of Scandinavia’s reindeer. He has discovered that some of these lichens also contain microcystins. Great job. Its branches tend to be coarser, more copiously branched from the base, and more strongly curved in one direction. Lichens do contain iodine, but I don't know the typical concentration that's present. It also decreases inflammation and prevents some types of cancer cells from reproducing. Lichens grow on many tree trunks where I live, too. Many of our yellowish lichens, including the yellow reindeer lichens, contain usnic acid. ologsinquito from USA on January 02, 2014: Great article. The powdered lichen was also taken in water for this purpose. The fungus nearly always belongs to a group known as the ascomycetes. Happy New Year. According to the ancient botanist Theophrastus (Book III of his History of Plants), in the IIIrd century before Jesus Christ, lichen emanated from bark. Lichens containing significant quantities of vulpinic acid are thought to be toxic to humans. Thank you so much for the comment, the link and the votes, Peggy! Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 09, 2014: Brilliantly put together and now I know so much more about this topic. During the winter, the reindeer use up their fat reserves and lose weight. Reindeer lichens provide important ground cover in northern woodlands. Is this something that's OK to do? 3) Reindeer can live for up to 15 years in the wild, although domesticated reindeer (reindeer that are cared for by humans), can live for as long as 20 years. As is the case for humans, some lichens may be dangerous for birds and other animals. Thanks for the comment, Oztinato! Reindeer Moss is used as a thickener in soups and stews and can be used to make breads and puddings. Reindeer moss is a lichen, which is an algae and fungus combination that thrives on cool weather and shade. Ecological importance: Many Crustose lichens growing on rocks dissolve and disintegrate them into soil particles. Very interesting and informative. Another very interesting and useful hub by you again Alicia. The agency gives an email address on their “Drug Safety” page. Lichens have no root system so they extract nutrients directly from the air, thereby acting as virtual radioactive sponges, absorbing incredible amounts of airborne cesium 137 and passing it … Northern native people used it to treat colds, arthritis, fevers and other problems. I remember when I lived in NJ, there was lichen on one of the trees. They provide shelter for other organisms. The researchers think that this organism makes chemicals that protect the lichen from microbes and predators. ALSO I HAVE HAD THEM FOR (Here is the kicker...40 years!!!!) Grey reindeer lichen is one of the lichens most frequently grazed by caribou and reindeer. Reindeer eat “reindeer lichen,” and in the winter, they must paw through the ice on the ground to forage. I never thought something so simple could be so complicated! In addition, it could also help with constipation, convulsions, tuberculosis and a useful remedy of whooping cough. Reindeer lichens were also used as a poultice to relieve the ache of arthritic joints. None of them have ever itched, much, unless I tried to remove them, with the MANY VARIOUS CREAMS THAT MY Dr. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 12, 2014: Thanks for the comment, WriterJanis. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on October 17, 2018: Hi, Monika. Reindeer are associated with having bells on their harnesses because migrating ethnic Sámi or Alpine herders used the sound to follow each other’s sledges in a caravan after daylight ended.Source Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 09, 2019: I'm sure many people have burnt logs with lichen on them and come to no harm. Northern native people used reindeer lichen in medicinal teas to treat colds, arthritis, fevers and other problems (Perez- Llano, 1944). Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 07, 2018: Hi. this is the best and the most helpful article about lichen..... Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 30, 2016: Thank you, Heidi. i saw in a video lichen is used for dying hair. Wolf lichen is attractive, so I can understand why you would want to display it. I've read that some artists treat lichens with glycerin before using them in a project. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is used routinely and periodically only when a person exhibits certain ailments. Northern native people used reindeer lichen in medicinal teas to treat colds, arthritis, fevers and other problems. Grey reindeer lichen ( Cladonia rangiferina ) used to make herbal medicine tea drink. Lichen acids can also cause stomach upset, especially if the lichens are not cooked well. Great article! They probably do have some good medicinal uses, probably ones we don't even know about. Lichens are used in traditional medicines by cultures across the world, particularly in temperate and arctic regions. Reindeer moss (a lichen) also has a history: After being dried and converted to a powder, it acts as a thickener (used to make blancmange, a showy dessert popular from the … It turns red when exposed to an acid and blue when exposed to a base (alkali). It is interesting that lichens have so many present and potential uses. Stress studies showed that only boiling and radiation caused severe injury to these plants. The only point that might be a concern is if you have a pet that is likely to climb the tree and nibble it or a young child that might reach into the tree and pull the lichens off to eat. If it is true, the toxicity may depend on the quantity of the acid in a particular lichen. They are interesting organisms, too. The test should include an analysis for both iodine and vitamin D. I really need to know if lichen contains iodine. There seems to be a 'pattern' to some of them, such as VERY near perfect circle of dots about this size : O, maybe bigger, some smaller, but they all have a bit bigger one in the center. The tiny branches are numerous and it produces dense mats of dull cottony type growth, between 1- 4 inches in length. “Medicinal Lichens”, by Robert Rogers LICHENS LUNGWORT (Lobaria pulmonaria) (Sticta pulmonaria) (Pulmonaria officinalis) ICELAND MOSS (Cetraria islandica) USNEA (Usnea spp.) Answer: Lichens differ in their ability to accumulate and tolerate heavy metals. Happy New Year! During the Middle Ages lichens figured prominently as the herbs used by practitioners. Lichens reproduce in various ways. Thanks for the comment, EGamboa. And I love it when I see it. Question: What are the harmful effects of lichens when eaten? What an interesting and informative read. Can you help us Identify and Classify Lichens? I'd miss seeing lichens if they disappeared from my neighbourhood. is a useful remedy for whooping cough. Reindeer lichens were also used as a poultice to relieve the ache of arthritic joints. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 13, 2017: Louise, I'm sorry that you're having so many problems and that you've had them for such a long time, but my article has nothing to do with lichen planus. Reindeer lichens have been taken to treat fever, jaundice constipation, convulsions, coughs, and tuberculosis (Bown, 2001). Lichens absorb and store radioactive substances, such as cesium and strontium compounds, without apparent harm. Many lichens are a grey colour when they're dry. Spanish Moss, Tillandsia usneoides get’s it’s name from Usnea because of their similar appearance. An orange crustose lichen growing on a rock on a beach, falco, via pixabay, CC0 public domain license. Lichens have been used in making dyes, perfumes, and in traditional medicines. I hope you find someone that can improve your condition. I hope 2015 is a wonderful year for you, too! There’s a soft drink in Sweden that is made with reindeer blood. JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on January 02, 2014: This is very interesting. This chemical is allergenic for some people, so it's worth looking for products that have little or no atranol. :) Always enjoy your work. Reindeer lichens were also used as a poultice to relieve the ache of arthritic joints. Reindeer lichens have been taken to treat fever, jaundice constipation, convulsions, coughs, and tuberculosis (Bown, 2001). Other Names: Reindeer Moss, Reindeer Lichen. There are references in the blue boxes in this article, although I may change the colour and position of the boxes when I do my next edit of the article. Reindeer moss is used medicinally by natives to relieve kidney stones. I appreciate the comment and the vote very much. The general information about lichens comes from my education and knowledge as a biology teacher. Substances may not have the same effect in our body as they do on isolated cells and inside lab animals. It's always a good idea to wash the hands after handling items from nature, though, especially before eating. – Source 12. A lichen is an example of symbiosis—a relationship in which two organisms live in a close association. Each organism helps the other in some way, creating a beneficial partnership. It is used mostly as a topical medication, although some consume usnea lichen internally. The indigenous people of Canada make frequent use of reindeer moss in their diet, though it’s as more of a filler than a primary food source. Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on January 04, 2014: Fascinating subject. A yellow substance usnic acid is obtained from species of Usnea and Cladonia. Up and shared. Although hoofed mammals can survive for several months on a lichen diet, they usually lose body weight because of protein deficiency. Reindeer lichens were also used as a poultice to relieve the ache of arthritic joints. photo: Dee Bamford via Flickr Oakmoss – This moss is actually a lichen as well, and is found in a similar climate to reindeer moss. Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on April 30, 2016: I think the most interesting is the natural sunscreen aspect. Thank you very much for the kind comment, MJ! Lichens are used in traditional medicine by cultures across the world, particularly in temperate and arctic regions. It’s often mixed with other foraged foods to improve its taste. The fungus in a lichen helps the alga by protecting it. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 27, 2017: Hi, Ernie. Other than that, I would leave it on display (as long as it survives). They are an important part of nature and are often useful for humans. 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