Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Dicranodontium asperulum
Family: Dicranaceae

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

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: S1?

On damp or wet, acid rock, especially on cliffs, rarely on thin soil or humus over rock or on bark at the base of trees (Crum and Anderson).

Species Description:


Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Plants in soft, loose, silky or rather dull, yellowish to dark-green, radiculose tufts 1-5 cm high. Leaves often deciduous, 3-7 mm long, usually loosely erect and flexuose, sometimes +/- falcate-sedund, subtubulose (usually from the shoulders upward, occasionally from near the base), lanceolate or ovate-lanceolate at the base, rather abruptly narrowed to a long rough, setaceous point, closely serrulate throughout the awn, sharply serrulate at the shoulders.

The habitat for this species is especially sensitive to changes in hydrology and not likely to withstand much alteration. 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
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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