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BC Conservation Data Centre: Species Summary

Pleurozia purpurea

Scientific Name: Pleurozia purpurea Lindb.
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Classification / Taxonomy
Scientific Name - Concept Reference: Stotler, R. and B. Crandall-Stotler. 1977. A checklist of liverworts and hornworts of North America. The Bryologist 76:405-428.
Classification Level: Species
Species Group: Bryophyte
Species Code: PLEUPUR
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Hepatophyta Jungermanniopsida Jungermanniales Pleuroziaceae
Conservation Status / Legal Designation
Global Status: G5? (Dec 1999)
Provincial Status: S4 (Apr 2021)
BC List: Yellow
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Global Habitat Comments: Terrestrial in bogs or other wet habitats in coastal areas and also at high elevations (above 3000 m) in the Himalayan region (Thiers 1993). Pleurozia purpurea grows in blanket bog, wet heath, montane turf, scree and peat-covered rock ledges (Smith, 1990).
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Global Range Comment: Known from northern Asia (Bhutan, India, Nepal), North America (British Columbia), Europe (Britain, Denmark, Norway), and the West Indies (Guadeloupe); Ireland, Japan, Sikkim, Alaska (Thiers 1993).

According to Smith (1990), Pleurozia purpurea is common in western Scotland and western Ireland, Norway, Faroes, Jan Meyen Island, Himalayas, Alaska, Guadeloupe, Hawaii. Absent from northern England and northwestern Wales.
Disjunct, more common elsewhere: N
Peripheral, major distribution elsewhere: N
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References and Related Literature
Golinski, K. 2014d. Excel spreadsheet of University of British Columbia Herbarium label data for Liverworts created for BC Conservation Data Centre, BC Ministry of Environment. Vancouver, BC.
Smith, A.R. 1990. New Thelypteris (Thelypteridaceae) from central America. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 77:118-124.
Thiers, B.M. 1993. A monograph of Pleurozia (Hepaticae; Pleuroziaceae). The Bryologist 96(4):517-554.

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Suggested Citation:

B.C. Conservation Data Centre. Species Summary: Pleurozia purpurea. B.C. Minist. of Environment. Available: (accessed Sep 29, 2023).