Bryum kunzei

Range & Status

(syn. B. caespiticium var. imbricatum Bruch & Schimp., B. funckii auct. angl. non Schw\'e4gr.). Very local in Britain, from Co. Durham, Yorkshire and N. Wales southwards to S. Devon and Sussex. Elsewhere, it is widespread in Europe from S. Scandinavia southwards, in N. Africa, Near East, Middle East and also reported from U.S.A. (Nevada).

Regional Distribution

Known only from the upper parts of a sea cliff at Pentire Point East.

Habitat & Ecology

In Cornwall it grows in two small areas on unshaded, thin, loamy soil among slaty rocks just above low sea-cliffs, with other low bryophytes. Elsewhere it is most often in small open or partly bare patches in short grassland over limestone.

Threats

Encroachment of gorse and other scrub threatens the Cornish habitat, which is ungrazed except by rabbits.

Conservation

Natural England cleared developing scrub cover from the habitats of this and other rare bryophytes at Pentire Point East in spring 2007. This work will probably need to be repeated every few years.