Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Five-ranked Bogmoss
Sphagnum quinquefarium
Family: Sphagnaceae

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

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1?

In KY, seeping sandstone outcrops.

Species Description:
Sphagnum moss.


Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
A medium-sized species. Occurs in soft cushions, large hummocks or as carpets over sheltered banks. Capitula are green, a mix of green and pink or, less commonly, largely or all deep red. Capitula are convex to hemispherical. Branch leaves are usually in straight lines, especially those in the capitulum, and when well-developed this is very striking. Almost all fascicles have 3 spreading branches (normally 2 in other species in this Section), and are uniformly and neatly spaced down the stem. Stem leaves are rounded-triangular, but with a pointed tip. Stems are green or, at most, with patches of pink in plants with pink or red leaves. Capsules are occasional.

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, hydrologic changes (i.e. stream alterations road construction) would 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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