Schistostega pennata (Hedw.) F. Weber & D. Mohr


Schistostega pennata is typically found in swampy and shady habitats on the soil of overturned trees and cliff crevices. Locally, Stanley Park and Pacific Spirit Park are good places to find this species.




Overall Structure:

The tiny shoots are loosely attached to the substratum and form short turfs. The protonema, which can be persistent, is very distinctive. When reflected with light, the protonema luminesces yellow-green, like “fairy-gold”.



Leaf Structure:

Leaves are in two rows on the stem. The species name refers to the feather-like appearance of the gametophytic generation. Schistostega pennata shoots




The leaves are fused laterally at their bases. Schistostega pennta shoots





The lower portion of the stem appears leafless.







The sporophytes of Schistostega pennata are commonly produced, maturing in the spring.


Schistostega pennata sporangium, oldMature sporangia are a pale yellow-brown color. There are no peristome teeth. The genus name refers to the incorrect observation that the operculum splits to open.

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