Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Gorge Leafy Liverwort
Plagiochila caduciloba
Family: Plagiochilaceae

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

Global Rank: G2
State Rank: S1?

Moist acidic rocks, shadey, associated with a cascading perennial stream in/near higher elevations in Kentucky.

Species Description:


Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
A leafy liverwort with a creeping stoloniferous shoot system and aerial branches at nearly right angles to the substreate; long ciliate leaf lobes; olive green in dense shade becoming strongly brownish with diffuse sunlight (NatureServe Explorer Comprehensive Species Report - Plagiochila caduciloba).

Protection of moist shadey conditions in the immediate watershed around the stream where this species occurs is critical.

Global Range:
Narrow endemic of the Southern Appalachians of Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia; Kentucky. In North Carolina, occurs in Burke, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Transylvania, and Yancey Counties (Boyer 1991 updated 1992 and 1996).

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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