From Xplor for Kids
November 2019 Issue

What Is It?

  • I may look like a moss, but don’t be fooled.
  • I’m made of two things that work as one.
  • A North Pole critter will browse me for food.
  • And Missouri munchers will eat me, too.

Reindeer moss isn’t a moss at all. It’s a lichen, two organisms that work together. When the right kind of fungus meets the right kind of alga, they form finely branched mounds, especially on rocks. The fungal filaments draw in minerals, and the alga turns sunshine into sugar. Although no reindeer live in Missouri, our native white-tailed deer will nibble at reindeer moss in open, rocky areas in the Ozarks.

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This Issue's Staff:

Bonnie Chasteen
Les Fortenberry
Angie Daly Morfeld
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White

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