Deer Moss Diaries or Deer Lichen Blog
On 2007-10-6 at the St. Joseph Bay Buffer and Aquatic Preserve Center, Florida, Rosalyn Kilcollins said that what we used to commonly call "deer moss" is now called "powder puff lichen". We saw none on the walk near the Preserves Center. On the same day at the St. Joseph Bay Preserve Deal Tract, Seth Blitch told me that the yellow forms of deer lichen are new growth of the powder puff lichen. Along the trail to the water, there are rich patches of the lichens. I saw the largest yellowish patch ever, a rectangle about 1.5' x 2.5'. The mosquitos and rain prevented me taking a photo. To see Google maps of these locations, see Preserves Center or Deal Tract. See also a recent photo and page of yellow forms of deer lichen.