Bryolog 3 (1 March 2016)


  • SO BE FREE to be in Sonoma County 18-21 March 2016. We’d like to see you there, but we need your registration NOW! The terminal drop-dead deadline for UC Berkeley to receive registration is 1 March:!
  • Come to SO BE FREE with proposals for possible venues for future forays.
  • Call for comments on additions, etc., to the rare bryo inventory. More…
  • Talk by Ken Kellman 10 March 2016, at 7:00 p.m. Meet at Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, 165 Forest Ave., Monterey.
  • The Channel Islands Chapter will co-host a morning moss walk and afternoon microscope session on Saturday 9 April. WALK: Rattlesnake Canyon Trail, Las Canoas Rd., Santa Barbara. Park along the road or across the street at Skofield Park. Hike to start at 8:45, bring brunch. SCOPES: meet at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Arroyo Room, at 1:00. You may attend both or only one of the events. Leaders: Amanda Heinrich and Paul Wilson.
  • Ken Kellman will speak to Yerba Buena Chapter on Thursday, 12 May, 6:00-7:30 pm in the Botany lab, Hensill Hall at San Francisco State University.
  • Paul Wilson will give a talk to the Orange County Chapter on Thursday 19 May, at 7:30 p.m. Meet at the Duck Club, Irvine (meeting before talk starts at 6:45).

Quarterly Report

  • Over the last few months, events focusing on bryophytes were given in cooperation with the nine other chapters: Channel Islands, San Luis Obispo, San Bernardino/Riverside, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica Mountains/L.A., San Gabriel Mountains, Orange County, East Bay, and Marin. Thank you to all the liaisons and to the local chapters. Let’s be sure to make this an annual outpouring of bryolove!
  • A particularly successful event involved 40 participants, and we now have a downloadable guide: Common Bryophytes of the San Juan Loop Trail of Ortega Highway, Riverside County near Orange County, by Paul Wilson and Neil Uelman.
  • Membership affiliations are still somewhat nutty for technical reasons beyond our control. Human error from all quarters in an online profile system that is less than foolproof.

Timeless Bits

  • Please add your contact information to our Chapter Directory. Previously provided membership information is held in confidence, so we want your info AGAIN for person-to-person contact. Also, this should clarify chapter affiliations. Click Here…
  • Two new Schistidium have been described by T. McIntosh, H. Blom, D. Toren, and J. Shevock in Phytotaxa 213.1.5. Both species are fairly common. They live in seasonal rivulets over sheet-rock.
  • Jim Shevock has written an article that explains various characteristics of presumed adaptive significance and of definite taxonomic utility: The Amazing Design of a Moss LeafBryostring.
  • Some Orange-County bryophytes studied by Dick Newell, David Torren, and Jim Shevock. More…
  • Before the Bryophyte Chapter was formed, Bryolog was the creation of Ken Kellman. More…

Call for Comments on Changes to the Rare Bryophyte Inventory

On 7 December 2015, a group of experts and other interested parties met for the annual review of changes to the Inventory of Rare Bryophytes. Below is a summary of action items. To comment on any of these changes or to suggest others, email Aaron Sims.

Oligotrichum hercynicum – Add to 2B.3
Rhabdoweisia fugax – Add to 4.3
Rivulariella gemmipara – Add to 1B.2
Scouleria siskiyouensis – Add to 1B.2
Tetrodontium brownianum var. ovatum – Add to 1B.2
Tortula protobryoides – Add to 4.2
Tripterocladium leucocladulum – Add to 2B.2

CHANGES (6; 4 CRPR, 1 S rank, 1 threat rank)
Coscinodon arctolimnius subsp. higuchii – Change from 4.2 to 1B.2
Fissidens pauperculus – Change from 1B.2 to 2B.2
Helodium blandowii – Change from 2B.3 to 2B.2
Meesia uliginosa – Change from 2B.2 to 4.2
Plagiobryoides vinosula – Change from S2 to S3
Tortula californica – Change from 1B.2 to 4.3

Meesia triquetra – Delete from 4.2

Platyhypnidium pringlei – Change name to Rhynchostegium pringlei prior to adding
Polytrichum sexangulare – Change name to Polytrichastrum sexangulare prior to adding

Moerckia hibernica
Pseudoleskea spp. – Add California species names to postponed list
Tritomaria exsectiformis subsp. exsectiformis

Bruchia bolanderi – Correct spelling of family name to “Bruchiaceae”

Orange County Collections

Dick Newell and fellow explorers have collected the following species from Orange County, with specimens verified by David Toren or Jim Shevock (deposited at CAS and/or SFV):

Amblystegium serpens, Anacolia baueri, Antitrichia californica, Barbula unguiculata, Brachythecium acutum, Bryum argenteum, Bryum veronense, Claopodium whippleanum, Cryptomitium tenerum, Dicranella howei, Didymodon australasiae, Didymodon brachyphyllus, Didymodon eckeliae, Didymodon ferrugineus, Didymodon rigidulus, Didymodon tophaceus, Didymodon umbrosus, Didymodon vinealis, Eucladium verticillatum, Fissidens crispus, Fissidens sublimbatus, Funaria hygrometrica, Gemmabryum barnesii, Gemmabryum caespiticium, Gemmabryum dichotomum, Gemmabryum gemmilucens, Gemmabryum radiculosum, Gemmabryum tenuisetum, Gemmabryum valparaisense, Grimmia laevigata, Grimmia lisae, Grimmia pulvinata, Hennediella macrophylla, Homalothecium arenarium, Homalothecium pinnatifidum, Imbribryum microchaeton, Leptodictyum riparium, Microbryum davallianum, Nogopterium gracile, Orthotrichum cylindrocarpum, Orthotrichum franciscanum, Orthotrichum norrisii, Platyhypnidium pringlei, Riccia trichocarpa, Rosulabryum capillare, Rosulabryum torquescens, Scleropodium californicum, Scleropodium cespitans, Scleropodium julaceum, Scleropodium touretii, Syntrichia princeps, Targionia hypophylla, Timmiella anomala, Tortula bolanderi, Tortula brevipes, Tortula eckeliae, Tortula muralis, Tortula protobryoides, Weissia controversa.

What a nice start to a County checklist!

Bryolog before Bryophyte Chapter

We wish to thank Ken Kellman for his contributions to the Chapter website and for the name Bryolog. Ken started a website called “” many years before the Chapter was a twinkle in anyone’s eye. He produced a great many articles useful for identifying California bryophytes, and he aggregated links of interest to California bryologists. All that information is being migrated onto the Chapter website, and as is obvious, the Chapter’s newsletter has adopted the name Bryolog. Ken has been most gracious in yielding home turf. We acknowledge his many contributions to our understanding of California bryophytes and his help with the formation of the Chapter. We hope that he will continue to be a leader of the Chapter into the future.

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