Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Tortula norvegica
Family: Pottiaceae

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

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1?

Calcareous soil and rock and in montane habitats (moist outcrops usually granite).

Species Description:


Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Plants medium-sized to fairly robust, in dense, dull, brownish-green to red-brown tufts, 1.5-6 cm high. Leaves erect, folded lengthwise and somewhat twisted when dry, spreading to +/- squarrose-recurved when moist, 2.5-3.5 mm long (not including the awn), oblong, +/- acute, ending in a long, slender, red, shiny, nearly smooth awn; margins revolute in the lower 1/2-2/3.

Vegetation removal would likely be detrimental t this sepcies.

Global Range:

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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