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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Bryophyta
Class: Sphagnopsida
Order: Sphagnales
Family: Ambuchananiaceae
Genus: Ambuchanania
Seppelt & H.A. Crum[1]
Species: A. leucobryoides
Binomial name
Ambuchanania leucobryoides
(Yamaguchi, Seppelt & Iwatsuki)[2] Seppelt & H. Crum[1]

Sphagnum leucobryoides

Ambuchanania leucobryoides is the only species of genus Ambuchanania. It is a Sphagnum-like moss endemic to Tasmania. Originally described as a species of Sphagnum, it is now a separate genus on the basis of both unusual morphology and genetic differences.


  1. ^ a b Crum, H.; Seppelt, R.D. (1999). "Sphagnum leucobryoides reconsidered". Contributions from the University of Michigan Herbarium 22: 29–31. 
  2. ^ Yamaguchi, T.; Seppelt R.D.; Iwatsuki, Z.; Buchanan, A.M. (1990). "Sphagnum (sect. Buchanania) leucobryoides sect. et sp. nov. from Tasmania" (PDF). Journal of Bryology 16: 45–54. doi:10.1179/jbr.1990.16.1.45. 
  • Johnson, K.A., Whinam, J., Buchanan, A.M. & Balmer, J. (2008) Ecological observations and new locations of a rare moss, Ambuchanania leucobryoides (Ambuchananiaceae). Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. 142 (2): 79-84.
  • Shaw, A. Jonathan, 2000. Phylogeny of the Sphagnopsida Based on Chloroplast and Nuclear DNA Sequences [1], The Bryologist 103 (2): 277-306.
  • Shaw, A. Jonathan, Cymon J. Cox & Sandra B. Boles (2003) Polarity of peatmoss (Sphagnum) evolution: who says bryophytes have no roots? [2], American Journal of Botany 90: 1777-1787.

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