Common Mosses of the Northeast and Appalachians


Common Mosses of the Northeast and Appalachians will become a trusted field companion for outdoor educators and amateur naturalists, alike.


Author: Karl B McKnight, Joseph R. Rohrer, Kirsten McKnight Ward, Warren J. Perdrizet
ISBN: 9780691156965
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Year of Publication: 2013
392 pages

Common Mosses of the Northeast and Appalachians is the first book to help general readers recognize 200 common mosses in these areas. With just this field guide, a hand lens, and a spray bottle—no microscopes necessary—readers will be able to identify and name many of the common species of mosses growing in the region’s backyards, parks, forests, wetlands, and mountains.


At the heart of this guide is an innovative, color-tabbed system that helps readers pick out small groups of similar species. Illustrated identification keys, colorful habitat and leaf photos, more than 600 detailed line drawings, and written descriptions help differentiate the species. This accessible book allows all nature enthusiasts to make accurate identifications and gain access to the enchanting world of mosses.


  • 200 species included
  • More than 600 detailed line drawings
  • More than 400 color photographs
  • Innovative color-tabbed system for species identification
  • lllustrated species identification keys
  • Helpful tips for moss collecting

Additional information

Weight 1.25 lbs
Dimensions 4.71 × 1.04 × 7.6 in