Pohlia cruda (Hedw.) Lindb.
opal thread-moss (pohlia moss)

Species Account Author: Wilf Schofield
Extracted from Some Common Mosses of BC

Introduction to the Bryophytes of BC


© Curtis Bjork     (Photo ID #24850)


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Distribution of Pohlia cruda
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Species Information

Species description:
Species name denoting raw or uncooked, presumably in reference to the opalescent sheen of the leaves that sometimes characterizes uncooked meat.
Sporophytes occasional, maturing in spring, light red brown when ripe, varying from erect to nodding.
Distinguishing characteristics:
The toothed, opalescent, glossy leaves, the occasionally erect to suberect sporangia and the shaded terrestrial or cliff crevice habitat are all useful features.
Forming loose, opalescent, glossy short turfs.
Similar Species:
In Pohlia only P. cruda shows the glossy, opalescent leaves.


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Illustration SourceSome Common Mosses of BC

Habitat and Range

Shaded humus of tree bases and cliff crevices from sea level to alpine elevations
World Distribution

Circumpolar in the Northern Hemisphere, also in southern South America and Australasia; in North America widely distributed, extending southward to Mexico.


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Pohlia cruda var. oregonensis (Par.) Wijk & Margad.