New Moss Species for Ohio

Each OMLA foray yields many new county records. It is especially pleasing when a foray yields new state record. Brachythecium velutinum was collected on the “scouting” trip for the Darke County foray. Barb Andreas’ specimen was verified by Bill Buck and is now part of the KSU bryophyte herbarium (KE B10232 ). B. velutinum is a small (if not the smallest) Brachythecium moss. It typically grows on rock, bark, or at the base of trees in rather dry to moist woods. The Darke County record was collected from the base of a recently fallen tree in the Routzong Preserve.

Barb Andreas
(published in OBELISK, Vol. 6, p. 7)