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Serrate Dung Moss - Tayloria serrata
Other Names:  Broad-leaved Stink Moss

Status Under Review
Native Species

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: S1

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:

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General Description
Plant: Tufted. Clear green above and brown below. Stems 0.5-3.0 cm tall.

Leaf: When dry, leaves slightly contorted. When moist, imbricate to spreading. Leaves obovate to oblong-obovate, tapering towards the base, 2-5 x 1-1.5 mm, and with an acuminate apex that is often reflexed. Upper margins plane and toothed; lower margins entire and recurved below. Costa ends before the apex.

Leaf Cells: Upper leaf cells irregularly quadrate to rectangular, 50-95 x 30-45 ┬Ám. Cells longer towards base.

Species Range

Range Comments
Canada: AB, BC, NB, NL, ON, QC; USA: AK, ME, NY, OR, VT, WA; n, c Europe (FNA 2014). Lawton (1971) specifies Greenland. In Montana, known from Flathead, Glacier, and Madison Counties (Elliott 2016).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 2

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

On humus or animal excrement. From lowlands to about 6500 feet or higher.

Reproductive Characteristics
Autoicous or may be dioicous. Seta is 1.0-2.5 cm tall. Capsules cylindric, 2.5 to 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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