Pleurozium schreberi

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Pleurozium schreberi
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Bryophyta
Class: Bryopsida
Subclass: Bryidae
Order: Hypnales
Family: Hylocomiaceae
Genus: Pleurozium
P. schreberi
Binomial name
Pleurozium schreberi

Pleurozium schreberi, the red-stemmed feathermoss[1] or Schreber's big red stem moss,[2] is a moss with a loose growth pattern.[3] The root name pleuro comes from the Latin for ribs, possibly describing how the parts branch from the stem.

The species occurs on the floor of the boreal forests of Canada, Scandinavia and northern Russia; an example of this occurrence is within the black spruce/feathermoss climax forest, sometimes having moderately dense overstory canopy and featuring a forest floor of feathermosses including, Hylocomium splendens and Ptilium crista-castrensis.[4]

In a study of the effect of the herbicide Asulam on moss growth, Pleurozium schreberi was shown to have intermediate sensitivity to Asulam exposure.[5]



  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.). "Pleurozium schreberi". The PLANTS Database ( Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  3. ^ Journal Linn. Soc. Bot. 1869. Pleurozium schreberi (Brid.) Mitt., 12: 537. 1869.
  4. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2008. Black Spruce: Picea mariana,, ed. Nicklas Stromberg Archived 2011-10-05 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ 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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