Moss Photos

Common Ohio Mosses
Photographs and Descriptions

This is a gallery of mostly common, and a few not so common, Ohio mosses. The thumbnails lead to individual species account pages. These pages, constructed by OMLA members Bob Klips (photos) and Diane Lucas (descriptions), show the general aspect, and in some instances microscopic leaf features, of just over 100 of the approximately 420 species reported to occur in the state. Each page’s text includes identification features, and habitat/substrate information, along with dot maps from the Ohio Moss Atlas showing which counties the mosses have been observed in. We hope you find this educational and enjoyable.

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Amblystegium varium

Amblystegium
varium

Anacamptodon splachnoides

Anacamptodon
splachnoides

Anomodon attenuatus

Anomodon
attenuatus

Anomodon minor

Anomodon
minor

Anomodon rostratus

Anomodon
rostratus

Aphanorrhegma serratum

Aphanorrhegma
serratum

Atrichum altecristatum

Atrichum
altecristatum

Atrichum angustatum

Atrichum
angustatum

Aulacomnium heterostichum

Aulacomnium
heterostichum

Aulacomnium palustre

Aulacomnium
palustre

Barbula unguiculata

Barbula
unguiculata

Bartramia pomiformis

Bartramia
pomiformis

Brothera leana

Brothera
leana

Brotherella recurvans

Brotherella
recurvans

Bruchia flexuosa

Bruchia
flexuosa

Bryhnia graminicolor

Bryhnia
graminicolor

Bryoandersonia illecebra

Bryoandersonia
illecebra

Bryoxiphium norvegicum

Bryoxiphium
norvegicum

Bryum argenteum

Bryum
argenteum

Bryum caespiticium

Bryum
caespiticium

Bryum flaccidum

Bryum
flaccidum

Bryum lisae var. cuspidatum

Bryum lisae
var. cuspidatum

Bryum pseudotriquetrum

Bryum
pseudotriquetrum

Callicladium haldanium

Callicladium
haldanianum

Campylium chrysophyllum

Camplyium
chrysophyllum

Campylium stellatum

Camplyium
stellatum

Ceratodon purpureus

Ceratodon
purpureus

Climacium americanum

Climacium
americanum

Ctenedium molluscum

Ctenidium
molluscum

Cyrto-hypnum pygmaeum

Cyrto-hypnum
pygmaeum

Diphyscium foliosum

Diphyscium
foliosum

Dicranella heteromalla

Dicranella
heteromalla

Dicranum flagellare

Dicranum
flagellare

Dicranum fulvum

Dicranum
fulvum

Dicranum montanum

Dicranum
montanum

Dicranum polysetum

Dicranum
polysetum

Dicranum scoparium

Dicranum
scoparium

Dicranum spurium

Dicranum
spurium

Ditrichum pallidum

Ditrichum
pallidum

Drepanocladus aduncus

Drepanocladus
aduncus

Entodon sedictrix

Entodon
seductrix

Ephemerum cohaerens

Ephemerum
cohaerens

Ephemerum crassinervium

Ephemerum
crassinervium

Eurhynchium hians

Eurhynchium
hians

Fissidens adiantoides

Fissidens
adiantoides

Fissidens bryoides

Fissidens
bryoides

Fissidens obtusifolius

Fissidens
obtusifolius

Fissidens subbasilaris

Fissidens
subbasilaris

Fissidens taxifolius

Fissidens
taxifolius

Funaria hygrometrica

Funaria
hygrometrica

Gynmostomum aeruginosum

Gymnostomum
aeruginosum

Haplocladium virginianum

Haplocladium
virginianum

Haplohymenium triste

Haplohymenium
triste

Helodium paludosum

Helodium
paludosum

Homalotheciella subcapillata

Homalotheciella
subcapillata

Homomallium adnatum

Homomallium
adnatum

Hyophila involuta

Hyophila
involuta

Hypnum curvifolium

Hypnum
curvifolium

Hypnum imponens

Hypnum
imponens

Hypnum lindbergii

Hypnum
lindbergii

Leskea gracilescens

Leskea
gracilescens

Leucobryum glaucum

Leucobryum
glaucum

Leucodon julaceus

Leucodon
julaceus

Lindbergia brachyptera

Lindbergia
brachyptera

Loeskeobryum brevirostre

Loeskeobryum
brevirostre

Mnium hornum

Mnium
hornum

Orthotrichum pumilum

Orthotrichum
pumilum

Orthotrichum strangulatum

Orthotrichum
strangulatum

Philonotis fontana

Philonotis
fontana

Philonotis marchica

Philonotis
marchica

Physcomitrium collenchymatum

Physcomitrium
collenchymatum

Physcomitrium pyriforme

Physcomitrium
pyriforme

Plagiomnium ciliare

Plagiomnium
ciliare

Plagiomnium cuspidatum

Plagiomnium
cuspidatum

Plagiomnium medium

Plagiomnium
medium

Plagiothecium cavifolium

Plagiothecium
cavifolium

Plagiothecium denticulatum

Plagiothecium
denticulatum

Platydictya confervoides medium

Platydictya
confervoides

Platygyrium repens

Platygyrium
repens

Pleuridium subulatum

Pleuridium
subulatum

Pleurozium schreberi

Pleurozium
schreberi

Pogonatum pensylvanicum

Pogonatum
pensylvanicum

Pohlia nutans

Pohlia
nutans

Polytrichastrum ohioense

Polytrichastrum
ohioense

Polytrichum commune

Polytrichum
commune

Polytrichum juniperinum

Polytrichum
juniperinum

Polytrichum piliferum

Polytrichum
piliferum

Ptilium crista-castrensis

Ptilium
crista-castrensis

Pylaisiadelpha tenuirostris

Pylaisiadelpha
tenuirostris

Rhizomnium punctatum

Rhizomnium
punctatum

Rhodobryum ontariense

Rhodobryum
ontariense

Rhynchostegium serrulatum

Rhynchostegium
serrulatum

Schistidium apocarpum

Schistidium
apocarpum

Sphagnum fimbriatum

Sphagnum
fimbriatum

Sphangum lescurii

Sphagnum
lescurii

Sphagnum palustre

Sphagnum
palustre

Syntrichia laevipila

Syntrichia
laevipila

Syntrichia papillosa

Syntrichia
papillosa

Taxiphyllum deplanatum

Taxiphyllum
deplanatum

Taxiphyllum taxirameum

Taxiphyllum
taxirameum

Tetraphis pellucida

Tetraphis
pellucida

Thelia asprella

Thelia
asprella

Thuidium delicatulum

Thuidium
delicatulum

Tortella humilis

Tortella
humilis

Tortella tortuosa

Tortella
tortuosa

Tortula acaulon

Tortula
acaulon

Tortula obtusifolia

Tortula
obtusifolia

Tortula porteri

Tortula
porteri

Tortula truncata

Tortula
truncata

Trematodon longicollis

Trematodon
longicollis

Trichostomum

Trichostomum
tenuirostre

Ulota crispa

Ulota
crispa

Ulota hutchinsiae

Ulota
hutchinsiae

Weissia controversa

Weissia
controversa

Weissia muhlenbergiana

Weissia
muhlenbergiana