Feather moss

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Feather moss (or Boreal forest moss) is a moss species growing in a Boreal forest with the appearance of frond or feather like foliage.[1]

The technical literature is inconsistent regarding taxonomic associations with the term feather moss. In some cases, feather moss is simply applied to the genus Ptilium, or to a number of moss species within the family Hypnaceae.[1]


Feathermoss is a term used in classifying and describing certain boreal forests. An example of this occurrence is within the Black Spruce/Feathermoss climax forest, often having moderately dense canopy and featuring a forest floor of feathermosses including Hylocomium splendens, Pleurozium schreberi and Ptilium crista-castrensis.[2]

Feather flat moss (Neckera pennata) can be an indicator of late successional and old-growth hardwood forests, because it usually grows on sugar maples in the Northeast that are at least 120 years old.

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  1. ^ a b Pat Diehl Scace. 2001
  2. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2008