Neomacounia nitida (Lindb.) Ireland

Macoun’s Shining Moss (Neomacounia nitida 

This species was described in the year 1869.  

The plant is only known from two (or three) historical collections from the 1860s.  

The original collection sites, swampy areas east of Belleville, a city near Ottawa, where it was found growing on elm trees, were cleared and the species has not been relocated despite considerable bryological fieldwork in the region, and thus is considered most likely extinct.  



[1] Robert R. Ireland: Neomacounia, a new genus in the Neckeraceae (Musci) from Canada. The Bryologist 77(3): 453-459. 1974