Reposted from A Wildflower Journal (April 9, 2019) by Mike Ryan (MSc, RPBio, Research Ecologist, Kamloops)
On a walk out at Stake Lake I came across a rock face in a spruce forest that supported a wide variety of mosses and a few lichens. One of the more common species is false Polytrichum. It has the name Polytrichum because it superficially resembles haircap mosses that belong to the genus Polytrichum. There are four species of Timmia in North America of which all occur in BC. Timmia austriaca is by far the most common of the four species. It is a common species of shaded forested sites and often in cool areas.
Edited by D. Smith, A Wildflower Journal