Moss Flora of Bad Branch, Letcher County, Kentucky
Bad Branch is located on the southeast face of Pine Mountain in southeastern Kentucky near the Virginia border. One hundred and forty-nine moss species were documented for the Bad Branch watershed. Cirriphyllum piliferum, Ephemerum crassinervium, Oncophorus raui, Polytrichum strictum, Sphagnum cuspidatum, Brachythecium populeum, and Sphagnum quinquefarium are newly reported for Kentucky with the latter two species also new for the Cumberland Plateau. Bad Branch also has an unusually diverse Sphagnum flora (10 species) for the Cumberland Plateau and Cumberland Mountain regions.
CASTANEA, Vol. 63, No. 2, June 1998, 117-129.