Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Cirriphyllum piliferum
Family: Brachytheciaceae

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

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S2?

On soil, humus, and decayed wood, in moist, shady places; Probably a calciphile. In KY, on sandstone, moist soil on forested slope, fallen branches, rotten log (Crum and Anderson).

Species Description:


Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Medium-sized plants in soft, loose, shiny, bright or yellowish-green mats. Leaves usually not particularly crowded, erect to erect-spreading, 1.3-2.5 mm long, very concave, not or slightly and irregularly pilcate, broadly oblong-ovate, +/- rounded at the apex and abruptly filiform, boradly decurrent, margins erect, serrate at the apex, serrulate in the upper half or more; costa about 2.3 the leaf length.

Grazing or browsing pressure, vegetation removal, or hydrologic changes (i.e. stream alterations road construction) would likely be detrimental.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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