Abstract for CNVC00012


Tsuga heterophylla / Hylocomium splendens - Pleurozium schreberi (Rhytidiadelphus triquetrus)

Western Hemlock / Stairstep Moss - Red-stemmed Feather Moss (Electrified Cat's-tail Moss)
Pruche de l'Ouest / Hypne éclatante - Hypne de Schreber (Hypne triquètre)

CNVC00012 are coniferous forest communities that occur on nutrient-poor, coarse sandy or skeletal soils in wet, submaritime climates of coastal British Columbia. These sites occur at elevations up to approximately 1000 mASL on the eastern slopes of the central Coast Mountains and in the Hazelton Mountains. Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) dominates the overstory. The poorly developed shrub layer is dominated by regenerating western hemlock, often with low cover of western red cedar (Thuja plicata) and Alaskan blueberry (Vaccinium alaskaense). The sparse, poorly developed herb layer is variable but often has low cover of bunchberry (Cornus canadensis) and oneside wintergreen (Orthilia secunda). The moss layer is well developed and is dominated by high cover of stairstep moss (Hylocomium splendens) and red-stemmed feather moss (Pleurozium schreberi), often with electrified cat's-tail moss (Rhytidiadelphus triquetrus).