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Lingulate Dung Moss - Tayloria lingulata

Status Under Review
Native Species

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: S1

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General Description
Plant: Tufted. Clear green above and brown below. Stems 0.5-3.0+ cm tall and may be branched. Rhizoids purple to red.

Leaf: When dry, leaves slightly contorted. When moist, leaves erect-spreading. Leaves lingulate, usually broadest above the middle, 2-4 x 1-1.4 mm, and with an obtuse to rounded apex. Margins plane or recurved below, entire, and sometimes with blunt teeth. Costa ends before the apex.

Leaf Cells: Upper leaf cells rectangular to irregularly quadrate, 40-95 x 25-50 ┬Ám. Cells longer towards base.

Species Range

Range Comments
Greenland; Canada: AB, BC, MB, NL, NT, NU, ON, QC, YT; USA: AK, CA, WA; n,c Europe; Asia; Atlantic Islands (Iceland) (FNA 2014). Known in Montana from Glacier County (Elliott 2016).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1

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On wet soil that often contains rotting wood or animal matter.

Reproductive Characteristics
Autoicous or may be dioicous. Seta is 1.5-4.0 cm tall. Capsules more-or-less ovoid, 1.5 to 2.5 mm long (includes neck). Neck about as long as the urn portion.

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Elliott, J.C. and A.K. Pipp. 2018. A Checklist of Montana Mosses (1880-2018). Updated 3 January, 2020. Montana Natural Heritage Program, Helena, Montana. 73 pp.
    • Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 2014. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Volume 28. Bryophytes: Mosses, Part 2. Oxford University Press, Inc., NY. xxi + 702 pp.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lawton, E. 1971. Keys for the Identification of the Mosses on the Pacific Northwest. Reprinted from 'Moss Flora of the Pacific Northwest'. Published as Supplement No. 2 of the Journal of the Hattori Botanical Laboratory. Nichinan, Miyazaki, Japan. 66 pp.
    • Lawton, E. 1971. Moss Flora of the Pacific Northwest. Hattori Botanical Laboratory. Japan: Yamabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. 362 pages plus appendices.
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