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.
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.
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.
- C. Michael Hogan. 2008. Black Spruce: Picea mariana, GlobalTwitcher.com, ed. Nicklas Stromberg
- Pat Diehl Scace. 2001. The Floral Artist's Guide: A Reference to Cut Flowers and Foliages, published by Cengage Learning, ISBN 978-0-7668-1572-8, 264 pages
- Pat Diehl Scace. 2001
- C. Michael Hogan. 2008
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