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The Arctic Orangebush Lichen is a rare lichen. All known locations of this species are in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, NWT (on Banks Island, Melville Island, Victoria Island and Cape Parry). 

This bright orange lichen is easy to spot on the landscape, but rarely encountered even within its range. It grows on gravelly and sandy soils in exposed places like shorelines, beach ridges and hummocky tundra. Habitat change along the coast, caused by climate change, is a potential threat to this species.

The Arctic Orangebush Lichen has not yet gone through the processes to assess and list species established by the Species at Risk (NWT) Act or federal Species at Risk Act (SARA), but it has been ranked by the NWT General Status Ranking Program.