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Leucobryum glaucum

Common Names: White Cushion Moss, Large White-moss
Leucobryum glaucum
Leucobryum glaucum

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Bryophyta
Class: Bryopsida
Order: Dicranales
Family: Dicranaceae
Genus: Leucobryum
Species: Leucobryum glaucum

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The white cushion moss is 1-3" long and grows upright. They are a pale green to blue-green color and grow in a clump or ball.

Habitat & Range

This moss is found on the forest floor, over rotting wood and in moist areas.


The leaves are several cell-layers thick with layers of dead cells (hyaline cells). These cells can store 400 times the moss’s dry weight in water.

Featured image by James Dake.


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