OMLA 2009 Summer Foray
Routzong Preserve, Bald Knob, and Drew Woods
Darke County, OH (July 18, 2009)

The summer 2009 foray of the Ohio Moss and Lichen Association, organized by Barb Andreas and Ray Showman, was conducted at three separate preserves in Darke County. Like many of the agriculture-dominated counties of extreme western Ohio, few bryophytes and lichen records existed prior to our investigations there. There were only 8 mosses and 11 macrolichens reported from Darke County! The foray was attended by 15 people and one dog, including two participants (three, if you include the dog) who were new to our group.

omla-darke-2009OMLA Summer Foray, Darke County, Ohio. July 18, 2009.

Collecting began at the Routzong Preserve, a county park located at the corner of St. Rt. 571 and Routzong Rd. This is a 55-acre swamp forest with about 1.5 miles of trails. Here’s an aerial view of the preserve. Note how the preserve is a wooded “island” in a an agricultural sea.

Routzong Preserve aerial viewAerial view of Routzong Preserve, Darle County, Ohio.

Here’s a ground-level view of Routzong Preserve.


 Ground-level view of Routzong Preserve. July 18, 2009.

One of the afternoon collecting locations was Bald Knob, an area where The Nature Conservancy holds a conservation easement.

Bald KnobAerial view of Bald Knob, Darke County, Ohio.

An alternate afternoon location was Drew Woods, 15-acre ODNR State Nature Preserve. Here’s an aerial view of Drew Woods.

Drew-WoodsDrew Woods State Nature Preserve, Darke County, Ohio.

On the foray we found one new state record macrolichen, one state rarity and a number of new county records. Bryophyte records are still being compiled. Details will appear in the 2009 OBELISK in December.

Ray-Dave-RoutzongRay and Dave examine a macrolichen at Routzong Preserve, Darke County, Ohio.

Here are some of the cryptogams encountered on the foray. First, two macrolichens:

RamalinaMacrolichen at Routzong Preserve. July 18, 2009.

PhysciaMacrolichen at Routzong Preserve. July 18, 2009.

…and some mosses:

FissidensAcrocarpous moss at Routzong Preserve. July 18, 2009.

EntodonPleurocarpous moss at Routzong Preserve. July 18, 2009.

John-Bill-Carole--OMLAMoss enthusiasts John, Bill, and Carole at OMLA Summer Foray. July 18, 2009.

Although OMLA forays focus on cryptogams, it was a pleasure to see a few plants blooming at a time of the year when there aren’t very many wildflowers evident.

Campanula americanaTall bellflower (Campanula americana) at Routzong Preserve.
Darke County, July 18, 2009.

Liatris squarrosaScaly blazing-star (Liatris squarrosa) at Bald Knob. July 18, 2009.

Darke County Lichens at Nature Preserves: Routzong (R), Bald Knobs (BK), Drew Woods (DW); and Other Sites (OS) including Coppess Nature Preserve, Worth Family Preserve, Shawnee Prairie Preserve, St. Peter’s Church Cemetery and Oakland Church of the Brethern
* = new county record, ** = new state record.

Canoparmelia crozalsiana*   R
Candelaria concolor   R DW OS
Cladonia furcata*   BK
Flavoparmelia caperata   R BK DW OS
Flavopunctelia flaventior*   OS
F. soredica*   R OS
Myelochroa aurulenta*   R BK DW
Parmelia sulcata   R BK OS
Parmotrema hypotropum   R BK OS
Phaeophyscia adiastola*   BK
P. hirsuta*   OS
P. rubropulchra   R BK DW OS
Physcia adscendens*   OS
P. millegrana   R BK DW OS
P. stellaris   R BK DW OS
Physciella chloantha*   OS
P. melanchra**   R OS
Physconia detersa   R OS
Punctelia missouriensis*   R BK OS
P. rudecta   R BK DW OS
P. subrudecta   BK DW OS
Ramalina complanata*   R
Xanthomendoza fallax*   OS
X. uplohyllodes*   OS
X. weberi*   R
Total Macrolichen Species 25 (Routzong 16, Bald Knobs 12, Drew Woods 8, Other Sites 19)

Crustose Lichens
Amandinea dakotensis   R
A. punctata   R
Arthonia caesia   R
Buellia stillingiana   R
Caloplaca arenaria   OS
C. fericissima   R
Cyphelium tigillare   R
Graphis scripta   R
Lecanora dispersa   R
Lecanora thysanophora   R
Phylyctis argena   OS
Pyrrhospora varians   R
Sarcogyne regularis   OS
Scoliciosporum umbrinum   R
Trapeliopsis flexuosa   R
Trypethelium virens   R
Verrucaria calkinsiana   OS
V. muralis   R OS
V. nigrescens   R
Total Crustose Species 19 (Routzong 15, Other Sites 5)

Darke County Bryophytes at Nature Preserves:
Routzong (R), Bald Knobs (BK), Drew Woods (DW); and Other Sites (OS) including Coppess Nature Preserve, Worth Family Preserve and Shawnee Prairie Preserve.
* = new county record, ** = new state record.

Amblystegium serpens (Hedwig) Schimper var. juratzkanum (Shimper) Ray & Hervey*   BK OS
A. varium (Hedwig) Lindberg*   R BK DW OS
Anomodon attenuatus (Hedwig) Huebener*   R BK OS
A. minor (Hedwig) Lindberg*   R BK
Atrichum altecristatum (Renauld & Cardot) B.B. Symth & L.C.D. Symth*   BK
A. angustatum (Bridel) Bruch & Schimper   BK
A. crispulum Bescherelle*   BK OS
Barbula unguiculata Hedwig*   OS
Brachythecium acuminatum (Hedwig) Austin*   R OS
B. laetum (Bridel) Schimper*   R BK DW OS
B. salebrosum (Hoffmann ex F. Weber & D. Mohr) Schimper*   R BK OS
B. velutinum (Hedwig) Schimper**   R
Bryum argenteum Hedwig*   OS
B. caespiticum Hedwig*   OS
B. capillare Hedwig*   R DW
B. flaccidum Bridel*   R
B. lisae De Notaris var. cuspidatum (Bruch & Schimper) Margadant*   OS
B. pseudotriquetrum (Hedwig) P. Gaertner, B. Meyer & Scherbius*   R
Callicladium haldanianum (Greville) H. A. Crum*   R DW
Campylium chrysophyllum (Bridel) Lange   R BK OS
C. stellatum (Hedwig) C. E. O. Jensen*   BK
Climacium americanum Bridel*   BK DW OS
C. kindbergii (Renauld & Cardot) Grout*   DW
Dicranella heteromalla (Hedwig) Schimper*   R
Dicranum flagellare Hedwig*   DW
D. scoparium Hedwig*   BK
Entodon seductrix (Hedwig) Müller Hal.*   R DW
Eurhynchium hians (Hedwig) Sande Lacoste*   R OS
E. pulchellum (Hedwig) Jennings*   R DW
Fissidens bryoides Hedwig*   R
F. dubius P. Beauvois*   BK
F. osmundioides Hedwig*   BK
F. taxifolius Hedwig*   R BK DW OS
Gymnostomum aeruginosum Smith*   OS
Haplocladium microphyllum (Hedwig) R. Watanabe & Z. Iwatsuki*   R OS
Haplohymenium triste (Cesati) Kindberg*   R
Hedwigia ciliata (Hedwig) P. Beauvois*   R BK
Homomallium adnatum (Hedwig) Brotherus*   R
Hygroamblystegium fluviatile (Hedw.) Loeske*   R BK
H. tenax (Hedwig) Jennings*   R
Hyophila involuta (Hooker) A. Jaeger*   BK
Hypnum lindbergii Mitten*   DW
H. pallescens (Hedwig) P. Beauvois*   R DW
Leptodictyum humile (P. Beauvois) Ochyra*   DW
L. riparium (Hedwig) Warnstorf* R   DW
Leskea gracilescens Hedwig*   R BK OS
Leucodon julaceus (Hedwig) Sullivant*   BK
Orthotrichum elegans Schwägrichen ex Hooker & Greville*   R
Orthotrichum pusillum Mitten*   R BK OS
O. sordidum Sullivant & Lesquereux*   BK
Physcomitrium pyriforme (Hedwig) Hampe*   BK OS
Plagiomnium cuspidatum (Hedwig) T. J. Koponen*   R BK DW OS
Plagiothecium cavifolium (Bridel) Z. Iwatsuki*   R DW
Platydictya confervoides (Bridel) H. A. Crum*   R
Platygyrium repens (Bridel) Schimper   R BK DW
Pohlia nutans (Hedwig) Lindberg*   BK
Pylaisiadelpha tenuirostris (Bruch & Schimper) W. R. Buck*   R DW
Rhynchostegium serrulatum (Hedwig) A. Jaeger   OS
Schistidium rivulare (Bridel) Podpera*  BK OS
Schwetschkeopsis fabronia (Schwägrichen) Brotherus*   R
Sematophyllum adnatum (Michaux) E. Britton*   R
Syntrichia papillosa (Wilson) Juratzka*   R
Taxiphyllum deplanatum (Schimper ex Müller Hal.) M. Fleischer*   R BK
Thuidium delicatulum (Hedwig) Schimper*   R BK DW
Weissia controversa Hedwig*   OS
TOTAL MOSSES = 65 (Routzong 39, Bald Knobs 30, Drew Woods 19, Other Sites 24)

Frullania eboracensis Gottsche*   BK OS
F. inflata Gottsche*   BK
Lophocolea heterophylla (Schrader) Dumortier*   R DW
Porella platyphylla (Linnaeus) Pfeiffer*   R BK
Ricciocarpos natans (Linnaeus) Corda*   DW
TOTAL LIVERWORTS = 5 (Routzong 2, Bald Knobs 3, Drew Woods 2, Other Sites 1)