1997 Volume 82 Pages 105-121
In 1906, Reverend W. W. Watts collected mosses in the vicinity of Yarrangobilly Caves, a limestone area in the Southern Alps of New South Wales and in 1912, with Brotherus, published a list of these species. This study updates the taxa recorded by Brotherus and Watts and compares the species collected by Watts in 1906 with our own recent (1993) collections.
Most of the mosses collected by Watts are still present in the area. The few species no longer found in the immediate vicinity of Yarrangobilly are known from other locations in the Southern Alps of eastern Australia. Certain bryophyte taxa were not collected by Watts in 1906 but are now conspicuous components of the bryofiora at Yarrangobilly. Changes to the moss assemblage at Yarrangobilly are attributed to a range of environmental changes resulting from European settlement and development.