First vice-county records of Kurzia sp. (most
likely of K. pauciflora):
*1: Carn Galver. 1860,
WC (OXF) (Paton 1969a:
*2: Goss Moor, 1906,
RWS (TRU) (Paton 1969a:
There was formerly a tendency to assume Kurzia spp. were K.
on the assumption that the other two spp. are rare. Hence
older records of Lepidozia setacea that
have not been revised subsequently are placed under a separate
'Kurzia sp. undet.'
heading, along with recent gatherings lacking
Records of K. pauciflora from Isles
of Scilly given by Paton (1969: 695) are now regarded as
Grows as low mats or more often intermixed with
other bryophytes. Most records are from mires with sphagna: on
hummocks and on moribund Sphagnum. Also on
peaty soil of sides of hummocks or wet peat banks. Once in
cushion of Leucobryum
glaucum in rather open area of wet heath on Lizard pen.
Once on vertical moist peaty surface in flush high above
N.-facing sea-cliff. Associates recorded: Calypogeia fissa, Calypogeia
Cephalozia bicuspidata, Cephalozia
Cladopodiella fluitans, Lophozia
latifrons, Riccardia multifida, Straminergon
Dicranella heteromalla, Sphagnum
Sarmentypnum exannulatum; Anagallis tenella, Drosera
Only recorded when male or female inflorescences
seen (except when growing among living sphagna). Once c.fr.:
immature 7, 9, 10, near dehiscing 9, 10.