Sphagnum Mosses of Berrien County, Michigan
The following provisional list of the sphagnum mosses of Berrien County was derived from scanning the distribution maps in the online Flora of North America. Surprisingly (to me, at least), as many as 27 species of sphagnum mosses may occur in Berrien County, as all of the species listed below appear to have wide distributions that encompass Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Common names are taken from ITIS (where called Sphagnums) or British Liverworts and Mosses—a field guide (where called Bog-mosses). An asterisk (*) denotes a species treated in Henry T. Darlington’s (1964) The mosses of Michigan.
Sphagnum angustifolium (=recurvum), Fine Bog-moss* Sphagnum capillifolium, Acute-leaved/Red Bog-moss Sphagnum centrale* Sphagnum compactum, Low Sphagnum or Compact Bog-moss Sphagnum contortum, Contorted Sphagnum or Twisted Bog-moss Sphagnum cuspidatum, Toothed Sphagnum or Feathery Bog-moss* Sphagnum fallax, Flat-topped Bog-moss Sphagnum fimbriatum, Fringed Bog-moss* Sphagnum flexuosum (=recurvum), Flexuous Bog-moss* Sphagnum fuscum, Rusty Bog-moss* Sphagnum girgensohnii, Girgensohn’s Sphagnum or Bog-moss* Sphagnum henryense, Henry’s Sphagnum Sphagnum isoviitae Sphagnum lescurii, Lescur’s Sphagnum Sphagnum magellanicum, Magellen’s Sphagnum or Magellanic Bog-moss* Sphagnum palustre, Prairie Sphagnum or Blunt-leaved Bog-moss* Sphagnum papillosum, Papillose Sphagnum or Bog-moss* Sphagnum platyphylum, Flat-leaved Bog-moss Sphagnum pulchrum* Sphagnum rubellum Sphagnum russowii, Russow’s Sphagnum or Bog-moss Sphagnum squarrosum, Spiky Bog-moss* Sphagnum subsecundum, Slender Cow-horn Bog-moss* Sphagnum subtile Sphagnum teres, Rigid Bog-moss* Sphagnum warnstorfii, Warnstorf's Sphagnum* Sphagnum wulfianum*, Wulf’s Sphagnum