Hylocomium splendens

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Step Moss (Hylocomium splendens): Probably the most easily recognized moss species in our area. The stair step growth pattern of the feather-like plants is unmistakable. Most common in forested areas.

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Worley's Map of Collection Records for Hylocomium splendens

Ian Worley
Hylocomium splendens: Ian Worley

Southeastern Alaska Distribution: See Map 237. Throughout.
Habitat: On forest soils, organic soils, decaying wood, rock outcrops, banks, canyon walls, cliffs, peatlands, meadows, roadcuts, alpine tundra, etc. From sea level to the alpine. In dry to moist (sometimes even in seeps) sites.
Comments: Occasionally fertile.

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