Rhytidiadelphus triquetrus

Rhytidiadelphus triquetrus, the big shaggy-moss[1] or rough goose neck moss,[2] is a species of moss in the family Hylocomiaceae. It is often the dominating moss species in moderately rich forest habitats in the boreal regions and the Pacific Northwest. Because of its fuzzy appearance and tail-like shape it is also called the 'electrified cat's tail moss'.[3] Not to be confused with square goose-necked moss, Rhytidiadelphus squarrosus.

Rough goose neck moss
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Bryophyta
Class: Bryopsida
Subclass: Bryidae
Order: Hypnales
Family: Hylocomiaceae
Genus: Rhytidiadelphus
R. triquetrus
Binomial name
Rhytidiadelphus triquetrus
  • Hylocomiadelphus triquetrus (Hedw.) Ochyra & Stebel
  • Hypnum triquetrum Hedw.

Ecology edit

Terrestrial on humus-rich substrates in montane forests. Occasionally grows on logs and trees in lowland rainforests or on sandy-gravelly soils near streams.[3]

Response to herbicide application edit

In a study of the effect of the herbicide Asulam on moss growth, Rhytidiadelphus triquetrus was shown to have intermediate sensitivity to Asulam exposure.[4]

References edit

  1. ^ Edwards, Sean R. (2012). English Names for British Bryophytes. British Bryological Society Special Volume. Vol. 5 (4 ed.). Wootton, Northampton: British Bryological Society. ISBN 978-0-9561310-2-7. ISSN 0268-8034.
  2. ^ USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Rhytidiadelphus triquestrus". The PLANTS Database (plants.usda.gov). Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b Pojar, Jim; Mackinon, Andy. Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Lone Pine.
  4. ^ Rowntree, J. K.; Lawton, K. F.; Rumsey, F. J.; Sheffield, E. (2003). "Exposure to Asulox Inhibits the Growth of Mosses". Annals of Botany. 92 (4): 547–556.

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