Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Wire Fern Moss
Abietinella abietina
Family: Thuidiaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  T
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: S2?

A calciphile, on dry, exposed rocks, soil, or turf on sand of partially stabilized dunes, among talus at the base of cliffs, or on humus in open coniferous stands.

Species Description:

Rarely found fruiting.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Rather coarse and wiry moss, with loosely one-pinnate branching. The xeric and calcareous habitat is also helpful in recognition. The species was name in reference to a supposed resemblance to Abies, or fir, perhaps in the flat manner of branching.

Grazing or browsing pressure, vegetation removal, successional changes.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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