Bryophytes of Goochland County, Virginia

Mikayla Quinn

Bryophytes are a diverse group of non-vascular terrestrial plants consisting of mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. Extrapolating from the well-documented bryophyte flora of Prince Edward County, one might expect 170 species to be found in Goochland County but as of February 2020, only 16 species had been recorded in the Digital Atlas of Virginia Flora. Ongoing efforts of the University of Richmond Herbarium (URV) to expand the documentation of bryophyte biodiversity records for Goochland County include the continued collection, identification, and digitization of bryophytes from UR's Pagebrook Road property and Ball Property in Goochland County. Bryophyte collections made since January 2020 from Goochland County encompass 179 specimens representing 60 first records of occurrence for the county. Bryophyte collection data will be uploaded to the Consortium of North American Bryophyte Herbaria web site as a contribution to ongoing efforts to record the global biodiversity of these too-often neglected plants.

Department:

Biology

Mentor(s):

John Hayden