Mosses List

Photo of Moss with stem and pointed capsules
Moss with stem and pointed capsules

NPS Photo

This is an updated abstract of Hermann’s (1987) list of mosses (Phylum Bryophyta, Class Musci) found in Rocky Mountain National Park, with the nomenclature brought up to date, references to collections made outside the Park boundaries deleted, and additions resulting from later collections (Weber, Vitt, Cooper, Rolston, etc.) The list was provided by Dr. William Weber, University of Colorado Professor Emeritus. Common names are from the USDA Plants Database.

Scientific Name Common Name Photo
Abietinella abietina abietinella moss
Amblystegium serpens amblystegium moss
Amblystegium tenax
Amphidium lapponicum Lapland amphidium moss
Andreaea heinemannii Heinemann's andreaea moss
Andreaea rupestris andreaea moss
Aulacomnium palustre aulacomnium moss
Aulacomnium palustre var. imbricatum aulacomnium moss
Aulacomnium androgynum aulacomnium moss
Bartramia ithyphylla bartramia moss
Bartramia subulata bartramia moss
Blinda acuta acute blindia moss
Brachythecium collinum brachythecium moss
Brachythecium erythrorrhizon brachythecium moss
Brachythecium nelsonii Nelson's brachythecium moss
Brachythecium oedipodium brachythecium moss
Brachythecium plumosum brachythecium moss
Brachythecium rivulare brachythecium moss
Brachythecium salebrosum brachythecium moss
Brachythecium turgidum turgid brachythecium moss
Brachythecium velutinum brachythecium moss
Bryoerythrophyllum recurvirostrum bryoerythrophyllum moss
Bryum algovicum bryum moss
Bryum alpinum alpine bryum moss
Bryum argenteum silvergreen bryum moss
Bryum caespiticium dry calcareous bryum moss
Bryum calobryoies
Bryum lisae bryum moss
Bryum pallescens bryum moss
Bryum pseudotriquetrum common green bryum moss
Bryum stenotrichum
Bryum subelegans
Bryum weigelii Weigel's bryum moss
Calliergon cordifolium calliergon moss
Calliergon richardsonii Richardson's calliergon moss
Calliergonella lindbergii
Campylium stellatum star campylium moss
Campylopus schimperi Schimper's campylopus moss
Cirriphyllum cirrosum cirriphyllum moss
Climacium dendroides tree climacium moss
Coscinodon calyptratus coscinodon moss
Cratoneuron filicinum cratoneuron moss
Cynodontium alpestre cynodontium moss
Dichelyma falcatum sickle dichelyma moss
Dichelyma uncinatum dichelyma moss
Dichodontium pellucidum dichodontium moss
Dicranella schreberiana Schreber's dicranella moss
Dicranella subulata dicranella moss
Dicranella vaginale
Dicranoweisia crispula dicranoweisia moss
Dicranum elongatum elongate dicranum moss
Dicranum muehlenbeckii Muehlenbeck's dicranum moss
Dicranum rhabdocarpum dicranum moss
Dicranum scoparium dicranum moss
Dicranum spadiceum dicranum moss
Dicranum tauricum dicranum moss
Didymodon asperifolius didymodon moss
Didymodon ferrugineus
Didymodon vinealis didymodon moss
Distichium capillaceum distichium moss
Districhium inclinatum incline distichium moss
Districhium flexicaule (includes Ditrichum giganteum) distichium moss
Drepanocladus aduncus drepanocladus moss
Drepanocladus longifolius
Encalypta ciliata fringed candle snuffer moss
Encalypta rhaptocarpa yellow awn candle snuffer moss
Encalypta vulgaris common candle snuffer moss
Fissidens bryoides bryoid fissidens moss
Fissidens sublimbatus fissidens moss
Fontinalis antipyretica antifever fontinalis moss
Fontinalis hypnoides fontinalis moss
Fontinalis neomexicana New Mexican fontinalis moss
Funaria hygrometrica funaria moss
Grimmia anodon grimmia dry rock moss
Grimmia anomala grimmia dry rock moss
Grimmia elatior grimmia dry rock moss
Grimmia laevigata grimmia dry rock moss
Grimmia longirostris
Grimmia montana montane dry rock moss
Grimmia ovalis oval dry rock moss
Grimmia plagiopodia grimmia dry rock moss
Grimmia pulvinata pulvinate dry rock moss
Grimmia teretinervis grimmia dry rock moss
Grimmia torquata grimmia dry rock moss
Hedwegia ciliata ciliate hedwigia moss
Heoldium blandowii Blandow's helodium moss
Hydrogrimmia mollis
Hygrohypnum bestii Best's hygrohypnum moss
Hygrohypnum duriusculum hygrohypnum moss
Hygrohypnum luridum hygrohypnum moss
Hygrohypnum molle hygrohypnum moss
Hygrohypnum ochraceum hygrohypnum moss
Hylocomiastrum pyrenaicum
Hylocomium alaskanum
Hypnum cupressiforme hypnum moss
Hypnum revolutum revolute hypnum moss
Hypnum vaucheri Vaucher's hypnum moss
Isopterygiopsis pulchella isopterygiopsis moss
Kiaeria starkei Starke's kiaeria moss
Leptobryum pryiforme leptobryum moss
Leptopterigynandrum austroalpinum alpine leptopterigynandrum moss
Lescuraea incurvata
Lescuraea radicosa
Meesia uliginosaum. meesia moss
Meiotrichum lyallii
Mnium arizonicum Arizona calcareous moss
Mnium blyttii Blytt's calcareous moss
Mnium marginatum olivegreen calcareous moss
Mnium riparium
Mnium thomsonii Thomson's calcareous moss
Myurella julacea myurella moss
Neckera pennata neckera moss
Oncophorus virens oncophorus moss
Oncophorus wahlenbergii Wahlenberg's oncophorus moss
Oreas martiana oreas moss
Orthotrichum alpestre orthotrichum moss
Orthotrichum hallii Hall's orthotrichum moss
Orthotrichum laevigatum orthotrichum moss
Orthotrichum rupestre orthotrichum moss
Palustriella falcata
Paraleucobryum enerve paraleucobryum moss
Paraleucobryum longifolium longleaf paraleucobryum moss
Paraleucobryum sauteri
Philonotis fontana philonotis moss
Plagiomnium cuspidatum toothed plagiomnium moss
Plagiomnium medium medium plagiomnium moss
Plagiothecium cavifolium plagiothecium moss
Plagiothecium denticulatum toothed plagiothecium moss
Plagiothecium laetum plagiothecium moss
Platydictya jungermannioides Jungermann's platydictya moss
Pleurozium schreberi Schreber's big red stem moss
Pogonatum urnigerum pogonatum moss
Pohlia bulbifera pohlia moss
Pohlia camptotrachela pohlia moss
Pohlia cruda pohlia moss
Pohlia drummondii Drummond's pohlia moss
Pohlia longicolla pohlia moss
Pohlia nutans pohlia moss
Pohlia obtusifolia obtuseleaf pohlia moss
Pohlia proligera pohlia moss
Pohlia tundrae tundra pohlia moss
Pohlia wahlenbergii Wahlenberg's pohlia moss
Polytrichastrum alpinum alpine polytrichastrum moss
Polytrichastrum longisetum
Polytrichum commune polytrichum moss
Polytrichum juniperinum juniper polytrichum moss
Polytrichum piliferum polytrichum moss
Polytrichum strictum polytrichum moss
Pseudoleskeella nervosa
Pseudoleskeella sibirica Siberian pseudoleskeella moss
Pseudoleskeella tectorum pseudoleskeella moss
Pterigynandrum filiforme pterigynandrum moss
Pylaisiella polyantha pylaisiella moss
Racomitrium canescens racomitrium moss
Racomitrium heterostichum racomitrium moss
Rhizomnium magnifolium grandleaf rhizomnium moss
Rhizomnium pseudopunctatum rhizomnium moss
Rhynchostegium pulchellum
Rhynchostegium serrulatum
Rhytidium rugosum rhytidium moss
Roellia roellii Roell's moss
Sanionia uncinata sanionia moss
Schistidium agassizii Agassiz's schistidium moss
Schistidium alpicola
Schistidium confertum
Schistidium frigidum
Schistidium occidentale western schistidium moss
Schistidium pulchrum
Schistidium tenerum schistidium moss
Schistidium trichodon schistidium moss
Scorpidium revolvens
Sphagnum contortum contorted sphagnum
Sphagnum fimbriatum sphagnum
Sphagnum russowii Russow's sphagnum
Sphagnum squarrosum sphagnum
Sphagnum teres sphagnum
Sphagnum warnstorfii Warnstorf's sphagnum
Stegonia latifolia wideleaf stegonia moss
Straminergon stramineum
Syntrichia bartramii
Syntrichia intermedia
Syntrichia norvegica
Syntrichia ruralis
Tetraphis pellucida tetraphis moss NPS Photo
Timmia megapolitana timmia moss
Tortella arctica arctic tortella moss
Tortella fragilis fragile tortella moss
Tortella tortuosa tortured tortella moss
Tortula latifolia wideleaf tortula moss
Tortula mucronifolia mucronleaf tortula moss
Tortula obtusifolia
Tortula systylia
Warnstorfia exannulata warnstorfia moss
Warnstorfia sarmentosa
Warnstorfia trichophylla warnstorfia moss


Hermann, F. J. 1987. The bryophytes of Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Mem. N. Y. Bot. Garden 45:219-231.

USDA, NRCS. 2002. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

Updated 3/24/03

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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