Bryoerythrophyllum caledonicum

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Scottish Beard-moss
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Bryophyta
Class: Bryopsida
Subclass: Dicranidae
Order: Pottiales
Family: Pottiaceae
Genus: Bryoerythrophyllum
Species: B. caledonicum
Binomial name
Bryoerythrophyllum caledonicum
D. G. Long[1][2]

Bryoerythrophyllum caledonicum, commonly known as Scottish Beard-moss, is a moss endemic to Scotland.[3] Recognised as a distinct species in 1982, it had been collected occasionally from 1891 onwards under other names. The largest populations are in the Breadalbane mountains including Ben Lawers with smaller populations in mainland Lochaber and on the islands of Skye and Rùm. It has a very restricted habitat, growing only on damp montane schist or basalt ledges. The species has been provisionally classified as Low Risk (Near threatened) and receives protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.[4]

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  1. ^ "The Scottish Biodiversity List - Species & Habitat Detail"[dead link] BiodiversityScotland. Retrieved 14 May 2008.
  2. ^ "Bryoerythrophyllum (Genus): Taxonomy" Retrieved 14 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Mosses and Liverworts in Scotland" SNH. Retrieved 14 May 2008.
  4. ^ "Species Action Plan: Scottish Beard-moss (Bryoerythrophyllum caledonicum)" UK Biodiversity Action Plan. Retrieved 14 May 2008.