Tomentypnum falcifolium    Ren. ex Nich.

Curved-leaved Golden Moss 

MN Status:
(as Tomenthypnum falcifolium)
Federal Status:


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Tomenthypnum falcifolium, Tomentypnum nitens var. falcifolium, Camptothecium nitens var. falcifolium

  Basis for Former Listing

Tomenthypnum falcifolium (curved-leaved golden moss) was first discovered in the state by G. A. Wheeler in 1977 (Wheeler and Glaser 1982) and it was listed as a special concern species in Minnesota in 1984. Intensive peatland research since then has turned up numerous additional occurrences (Janssens 2009), with nearly as many records as its common putative ancestor, the rich fen species T. nitens (woolly feather-moss; Vitt and Hamilton 1975). It has recently been reported from the Lake Baikal area in Siberia, Inner Mongolia, and far northeast China (Vitt et al. 1990), thus extending its range to circumboreal.

  Basis for Delisting

The numerous additional discoveries and the extensive range of T. falcifolium in the Laurentian Mixed Forest Province in northern Minnesota have indicated that this moss is much more common and widespread than originally thought to be. Therefore, T. falcifolium was delisted in 2013.

  References and Additional Information

Crum, H. A., and L. E. Anderson. 1981. Mosses of eastern North America. In two volumes. Columbia University Press, New York, Yew York. 1330 pp.

Faubert, J. 2004. Tomentypnum. Bryophyte Flora of North America, Provisional Publication. . Accessed 26 May 2010.

Hedenas, L. 1987. On the taxonomic position of Tomenthypnum Loeske. Journal of Bryology 14:729-736.

Janssens, J. A. 2009. MS Access database on Minnesota bryophytes. Lambda-Max Ecological Research, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 2012. Statement of need and reasonableness. Division of Ecological and Water Resources, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul. 337 pp.

Vitt, D. H., and C. D. Hamilton. 1975. Taxonomic status of Tomenthypnum falcifolium. The Bryologist 78:168-177.

Vitt, D. H., T. Cao, M. K. Campenot, and R. Gauthier. 1990. The genus Tomenthypnum in north-east China. Journal of Bryology 16:79-87.

Wheeler, G. A., and P. H. Glaser. 1982. Tomenthypnum falcifolium in Minnesota. The Michigan Botanist 21:66.

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