Sphenolobopsis pearsonii (Spruce) R.M. Schust.

Locations ofSphenolobopsis pearsonii (Spruce) R.M. Schust. in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Sphenolobopsis pearsonii (Spruce) R.M. Schust.
Common Name
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
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In North America, this liverwort is restricted to the highest elevations of the Southern Appalachians in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. It also occurs in Africa and Eurasia.
Davison et al. (1999) report this species from the bark of Fraser fir at the summit of Mount Rogers, but it is not clear whether the occurrence was vouchered. For the time being, this occurrence is mapped in Smyth County where the coolest microclimate would occur locally. The Giles County population occurs at a lower elevation (4,300 feet) and grows in a deep rock crevice. All other North American collections are epiphytic except for a collection by R.M. Schuster from "shaded but dry rock faces" at Clingman's Dome, North Carolina.
Native Status

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