The moss-like, plantish bundle of veiny green goodness you see here is actually a lichen — more specifically Cladonia subtenuis, the Dixie reindeer lichen. This is one of two species of Cladonia lichens I often find within the sandy stretches of inland Volusia county. Cladonia lichens actually draw water and minerals directly from the air, so they aren’t really tethered to or dependent on the soil beneath them. As for lichens more generally, Class Lecanoromycetes is commonly known as the “lichenized fungi” — situated within Kingdom Fungi. Thus, though these aren’t fungi in the traditional way you might think of fungi, they are nevertheless situated within Kingdom Fungi. Note: Some taxonomy systems place reindeer lichens in genus Cladina rather than Cladonia, for what it’s worth.