Lesser Fringe-moss (Bucklandiella syn. Racomitrium affine)



  • BC: Blue – S2S3 (2015)
  • COSEWIC: Not Ranked
  • SARA: Not Ranked
  • Global: Not Ranked
  • Galiano Island Status: Confirmed


A medium-sized to fairly large moss.  Rather slender, loosely caespitose or forming extensive patches, dull green to yellowish or blackish in the upper part, brownish or blackish brown proximally, sometimes hoary.


Acidic, moist or periodically dry, shady or exposed sites; often on rock.


Lesser fringe-moss is bicentrically distributed in North America with the main centre of its occurrence in the western part of the continent. There it is widely distributed in coastal areas from the Aleutian Islands to northern California and in the Rocky Mountains, southwards to Montana, Idaho, and Colorado. In eastern North America the species is widely distributed but scattered in the Great Lakes Basin, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Maine.



Galiano Status

A population has been documented along the southeastern shoreline of Galiano Island.

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