Tetrodontium brownianum

Brown's four-tooth moss
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Bryophyta
Class: Tetraphidopsida
Order: Tetraphidales
Family: Tetraphidaceae
Genus: Tetrodontium
Species: T. brownianum
Binomial name
Tetrodontium brownianum
Dickson. Schwaegr.[1]

Tetrodontium brownianum, is a species of moss commonly known as Brown's tetrodontium moss[2] or Brown's four-tooth moss.[3] It is widely distributed. In North America it is found in Washington state and British Columbia on the west coast and from Newfoundland to Ohio to the east.[1] It is also present in Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom as well as Japan, New Zealand and Chile.

It is named after Robert Brown, the Scottish botanist who first discovered the plant growing at Roslin near Edinburgh in the late 18th century whilst still a student. The plant can still be found at the site of its discovery.[4]

See also


  1. 1 2 "Bryophyte Flora of North America: Tetrodontium brownianum" efloras.org. Retrieved 1 June 2008.
  2. "Tetrodontium brownianum". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  3. "The British Database of World Flora and Fauna: Tetrodontium brownianum" British Towns and Villages Network. Retrieved 1 June 2008.
  4. "Bryology (mosses, liverworts and hornworts)" Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Retrieved 15 May 2008.

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