Epiphyllous bryophytes in Arboretum Stradch (Ukraine)

Oleh Pundiak


Article Details: Received: 2020-12-21 | Accepted: 2021-03-26 | Available online: 2021-12-31 https://doi.org/10.15414/afz.2021.24.04.265-271


The aim of this work done in Arboretum Stradch was to investigate bryophytes growing on leaves of woody understory, which are poorly studied in Central Europe. It was identified two facultative epiphyllous bryophytes considered as generalists and common species of Ukraine bryoflora: Brachythecium salebrosum and Hypnum cupressiforme. The most abundant was H. cupressiforme. Total surface area of its mats was about 218 cm2, while the total surface area of B. salebrosum mats was about 10 cm2. Both identified species occurred mainly on young individuals of Abies alba, which grew near tree trunks abundantly covered by the same moss species. H. cupressiforme also occurred rarely on leaves of two deciduous angiosperm phorophytes Corylus avellana and Ulmus glabra. B. salebrosum occurred also on one individual of Rubus caesius and on one individual of Ulmus glabra. This study brings new information about the ecology of the two identified mosses – their ability to grow on silver fir spindles and also on leaves of some deciduous phorophytes.

Keywords: epiphyllous mosses, epiphylls, generalists, epiphytes, phorophytes



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