Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Matted Feather Moss
Brachythecium populeum
Family: Brachytheciaceae

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

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1?

On rocks (apparently most often acidic substrate), sometimes on a thin mantle of soil in woods (Crum and Anderson, 1981). In KY, sandstone rocks and bark at base of tree.

Species Description:


Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Rather slender plants in dense, light or yellow-green, somewhat shiny mats. Stems creeping; branches slender and terete. Stem leaves about 1.6-1.8 mm long, somewhat decurrent. Branch leaves erect when dry, erect-spreading when moist, not or slightly plicate, 1-1.6 mm lnog, lanceolate, slenderly acuminate, not or only slightly decurrent.

Vegetation removal or large scale disturbance may be detrimental.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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