Leucolepis acanthoneura
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Bryophyta
Class: Bryopsida
Subclass: Bryidae
Order: Bryales
Family: Mniaceae
Genus: Leucolepis
L. acanthoneura
Binomial name
Leucolepis acanthoneura
(Schwaegr.) Lindb.

Leucolepis menziesii

Leucolepis acanthoneura is a species of moss in the family Mniaceae.[1][2] It is known as leucolepis umbrella moss or Menzies' tree moss (from its synonym, Leucolepis menziesii).[3] It is endemic to the Pacific Coast in Canada and the United States.[3]

Leucolepis acanthoneura is found frequently in moist lowland rainforests, where it can form large populations on logs, boulders, wet organic soil, compacted soil and humus. It occasionally extends upwards onto the lower portions of tree trunks.[citation needed]

The plants are light green, glossy, tree-shaped, and about 4–8 cm (1.6–3.1 in) high. The stems are upright with a circle of branches at their tips.[citation needed]

The Saanich people used this moss to make yellow dye for baskets.[4]


  1. ^ a b "ITIS Standard Report Page: Leucolepis acanthoneuron". www.itis.gov. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Taxonomy browser (Leucolepis acanthoneura)". www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Results Detailed Report". explorer.natureserve.org. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  4. ^ Plants of the Pacific Northwest coast : Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska. MacKinnon, A. (Andrew), 1956-, Pojar, Jim, 1948-, Alaback, Paul B. Richmond, Wash.: Lone Pine Publishing. 1994. ISBN 1-55105-040-4. OCLC 30357470.CS1 maint: others (link)