The dog lichen has broad leaf lobes that are pale brown or grey in colour with fine hairs thinly covering the leaves. The underneath of this lichen has a cottony texture and is white in colour. The lower portion of the lichen that attaches to the soil flares out and is dark with brownish veins.
RANGE & HABITAT
This lichen is common throughout northern B.C. and can be found in open places on decaying wood matter, moss, humus and mineral soils.
Like other lichens, the dog lichen is a fungus so it reproduces in different ways. They produce different types of outgrowths, or balls, or saucer-like fruiting bodies that form new lichens when they get carried to new places by birds, wind and water.
Dog lichen is not eaten by any animals.
TRADITIONAL FIRST NATIONS USES
The lichen was used for dye and for a source of food mostly by the Inuit but also some other First Nations groups in Canada.
COSEWIC: Not at Risk
Photo: The Waterbird