Indicator Plants

Rhytidiadelphus loreus – lanky moss

Common Name

lanky moss



Scientific Name

Rhytidiadelphus loreus

Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
  • Medium (M)
Soil Nutrient Regime (SNR)
  • Poor (P)
  • Medium (M)
  • Rich (R)

Botanical Drawing

Image courtesy of the Royal BC Museum and Archives

General / Habitat
  • A feather moss that forms loose, interwoven mats
  • Mostly grows on forest floor, but also on decaying wood and rocks
  • Sea level to subalpine elevations
Key Identifying Characteristics
  • Form: Ascending to creeping, widely spaced pinnately branched, forming loose, interwoven mats, reddish brown stems with yellowish green leaves
  • Leaves: 4 mm long, somewhat curved and noticeably pleated, lacking an obvious midrib
  • Sporophytes: Appear sporadically in winter, growing from side of stem

Douglas, G.W. et al (Editors). 1998-2002. Illustrated Flora of British Columbia, Volumes 1 to 8. B.C. Min. Environ., Lands and Parks, and B.C. Min. For., Victoria, B.C.

Pojar, J. and A. MacKinnon. 2014. Plants of Coastal British Columbia Including Washington, Oregon & Alaska. B.C. Ministry of Forestry and Lone Pine Publishing. Vancouver, B.C.


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